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Latavius Murray won’t wear No. 28 with Vikings

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With running back Latavius Murray now a member of the Vikings, it is harder to believe that Adrian Peterson will be back in Minnesota for another season with the only team he’s ever played for in the NFL.

If Peterson is gone, he won’t be forgotten after running for 11,747 yards in 10 years with the team. He also won’t have his number taken by the new arrival in the backfield.

Murray wore No. 28 with the Raiders, but posted a picture to Instagram of Peterson hanging out with him at the Pro Bowl in 2016 with a caption explaining that he will be changing numbers out of respect for Peterson’s career with the Vikings.

“There wasn’t a thought in my mind to try and wear or ask for the #28,” Murray wrote. “I have too much respect for AP and so much respect for what he’s done and what he means to this organization. Many people don’t know, but I wore the #28 as a kid because of Fred Taylor who played for the Jaguars at the time. When AP came onto the scene and Fred retired, he was my reason for keeping #28. I want to say to Vikings fans: I’m not here to replace #28, he’s irreplaceable. I’m not here to be #28, there’s no one like him. I ask that you accept me for the player I am and know that I’m here to give you all I got and to win.”

Peterson told Josina Anderson of ESPN “that’s what’s up” when asked about Murray’s gesture and then likely turned his attention back to finding a team that will let him wear that or any other number as a member of their backfield in 2017.

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49 Responses to “Latavius Murray won’t wear No. 28 with Vikings”
  1. ariani1985 says: Mar 16, 2017 12:48 PM

    The horrible Packer defense just wet itself with the signing!

  2. grumpysal says: Mar 16, 2017 12:48 PM

    Thank God we got that cleared up…

  3. jeremycrowhurst says: Mar 16, 2017 12:49 PM

    Great story. He didn’t have to reach out like that to the fan base. Shows a lot of class.

  4. crik911 says: Mar 16, 2017 12:49 PM

    I am impressed by this move. Very classy, Also very smart to make the fans aware he knows he isn’t AP.

  5. Jack Gorman says: Mar 16, 2017 12:50 PM


  6. The Phantom Stranger says: Mar 16, 2017 12:51 PM

    Classy move by Murray and prevents an awkward situation if the Vikings had to make the decision.

  7. alfredogarciashead says: Mar 16, 2017 12:52 PM

    Would be like wearing Ray Rice’s number in Baltimore. No thank you.

  8. purplepyramidascension says: Mar 16, 2017 12:52 PM

    He’s the RB I wanted if we weren’t going to resign AD. Glad he’s got his head on straight too. Let’s go!

  9. gmen05 says: Mar 16, 2017 12:53 PM

    Seems like a classy guy. Take note, NFL.

  10. zatko says: Mar 16, 2017 12:53 PM

    That answers that question.

  11. touchdownroddywhite says: Mar 16, 2017 12:53 PM

    crik911 says:
    Mar 16, 2017 12:49 PM

    I am impressed by this move. Very classy, Also very smart to make the fans aware he knows he isn’t AP.

    Even smarter to make sure the fans themselves are aware he isn’t AP… Nothing will kill your fan club quite like unreasonable expectations will….

  12. mnfaninil says: Mar 16, 2017 12:54 PM

    Like him already, classy statement.

  13. pryrates2020 says: Mar 16, 2017 12:59 PM

    Can you pick up a blitz? Can you hang onto the ball? Can you follow your blockers?

    Then you just replaced Adrian Peterson

  14. 250dollarnflowner says: Mar 16, 2017 12:59 PM

    Classy… meanwhile in green bleh, fabio reaches his hand out to carson palmer like he is going to help him up, then withdraws his hand just as carson reaches for it.

  15. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 16, 2017 1:05 PM

    Who cares about AD?

  16. abninf says: Mar 16, 2017 1:19 PM

    Did anyone outside of a few hardcore Viking fans even know what number Peterson wore? It’s not like he’s Roger Staubach or something.

  17. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 16, 2017 1:20 PM

    smart move, give it a few years and maybe a corner or something… Aundrae Allison looked weird in 84, and Cordarrelle never deserved it or lived up to it.

    Besides, he’s no Robert Tate. That’s for sure.

  18. PurpleRaid18 says: Mar 16, 2017 1:21 PM

    Some are knocking this signing. But I like it. He’s essentially an upgraded version of Matt Asiata. Ground and pound runner with above average pass blocking chops.

    The Vikings will most assuredly land a running back somewhere in the middle rounds (probably with one of their two 3rd round picks) but this signing gives them some flexibility when it comes to the Draft.

    McKinnon will serve as a compliment to Murray.

  19. lionsandvikingsandbearsohmy says: Mar 16, 2017 1:26 PM

    It won’t matter when he gets it covered with that fake mud.

  20. lionsandvikingsandbearsohmy says: Mar 16, 2017 1:29 PM

    Murray was an underachieving turd in Oakland, so he fits right in with the Vikings.

  21. 250dollarnflowner says: Mar 16, 2017 1:37 PM

    Datone Jones, Remmers, Reiff, Murray…. Lardarius Webb is next. Then the draft… Someone wake up ted tompson!

  22. immafubared says: Mar 16, 2017 1:45 PM

    Now is the time for Ted T to open his purse strings and reach out for AP. Ya right. AP may find himself out of football and retired before his time, in his own mind that is.
    His dad did a lot to screw this up with his big mouth. Another black man blaming his sons faults on others.
    AP lost his speed three years ago and now tries to dink and dunk tackles and it aint working.

  23. jgedgar70 says: Mar 16, 2017 1:47 PM

    Classy move.

    Who decides what number a new player gets up there? In Carolina, it’s the equipment manager. He didn’t let anyone wear Jake Delhomme’s number for 5 years until he gave it to Devin Funchess, and most of us believe he’s never going to let anybody get #89.

  24. whatjusthapped says: Mar 16, 2017 1:48 PM

    Whenever I see #28 in purple, I think of the poor 4 year-old child bleeding from the abuse so I can see the logic in trying to create some distance between you and that image.

  25. djvh2 says: Mar 16, 2017 1:50 PM

    “Datone Jones, Remmers, Reiff, Murray”

    All backups if they were on a good team

  26. getnakedandrunwild says: Mar 16, 2017 2:01 PM

    Dear Latvirus. Nobody cares what number you wear and you are not aN NFL celebrity except in your own mind.

  27. kmossg says: Mar 16, 2017 2:05 PM

    Managing expectations is key to how one is perceived publicly. Well played by Latavius.

  28. ragnarthemagnificent says: Mar 16, 2017 2:09 PM

    It’s a nice gesture but the fans care not if Latavius wears 28 or not. We only care if you don’t fumble, don’t whip your young-uns, and win something.

  29. wtfru2 says: Mar 16, 2017 2:26 PM

    Thompson says, BUT, BUT, BUT, I got two tight ends.

  30. truthbetold109 says: Mar 16, 2017 2:35 PM

    Once again, vikings fans making an article that has nothing to do with GB, all about the Packers with their comments.

  31. jasonatomic says: Mar 16, 2017 2:36 PM

    Cracks me up when people pretend Adrian Peterson is worthy of respect as a human being.

  32. felixinmiami says: Mar 16, 2017 2:44 PM

    As a Raider fan…you are getting a very good back that is a true professional and will cause no issues in the locker room. Hated losing him, but with the pending contracts of Carr and Mack, I knew this might happen.

    Good luck to him and the Vikes.

  33. war27 says: Mar 16, 2017 2:47 PM

    I don’t think a lot of Vikings fans know what they got for 5 million a year. He isn’t “ground and pound”, he lacks power for his size, he’s not a great receiver, he doesn’t have great acceleration, he doesn’t have top tier vision.

    He’s a good solid RB but for his size he’s not plowing anyone over. His lack of power would be fine if he had explosive runs. Fact is he ran through huge holes you could drive a truck through with Oakland’s line.

    He also averaged 1.4 and 1.9 YPC LESS than Oakland’s other two backs.

    Nice back but highly replaceable in the late rounds of the draft for 12+ million dollars less over the same time period.

  34. lionsandvikingsandbearsohmy says: Mar 16, 2017 3:05 PM

    Remember when Beaterson’s dad said the Raiders had a great offensive line compared to that of the Vikings? Murray is a career 4 yards/per carry running back at Oakland. How cruddy will he be in Minny?!

  35. The Phantom Stranger says: Mar 16, 2017 3:09 PM

    I didn’t think Adrian Peterson should be wearing Ahmad Rashad’s number in the first place.

  36. filthymcnasty3 says: Mar 16, 2017 3:12 PM

    The environment in Loserville is so toxic that it won’t matter what disgraceful number he’s too ashamed to wear.

  37. radrntn says: Mar 16, 2017 3:13 PM

    no doubt Murray is a pro, and his locker room presence will be missed by the Raiders. but a 5 million per, there is no doubt why he is no longer a Raider. Wish you the best Latavius.

  38. mezanine10 says: Mar 16, 2017 3:18 PM

    If AP can’t run behind the Vikes line, Murray won’t be able to either.

  39. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 16, 2017 3:39 PM

    nobody obsesses over a 4-year olds rear end quite like packer fans.

  40. GenXJay says: Mar 16, 2017 3:59 PM

    Believe it or not, Lacy carried his same # over to Seattle. When worn, one cannot tell if the jersey # is the same to the naked eye. Cheatin’ Pete likes him BIG-ly.

  41. hawkstradamus says: Mar 16, 2017 4:19 PM

    He should bring back #32, it’s a classic look for a running back and a nod to a former Raider and another all time great.

  42. babygaga19 says: Mar 16, 2017 4:28 PM

    BREAKING NEWS: Latavirus is coming out with a new CD called #28. Forgive me if I forget to listen!

  43. GenXJay says: Mar 16, 2017 4:48 PM

    Murray #25.
    Rick said to not let the door hit Adrian’s ass (in more gentle terms).

  44. nflpoker says: Mar 16, 2017 5:32 PM

    It is just as well he doesn’t wear #28. One step onto the home field and the fans will mistake him for Peterson and the boos, they will be a comin’.

  45. deezenucks says: Mar 16, 2017 5:52 PM

    Freddy Taylor! One of the most underrated backs of all time. Got no love in the small market but anyone who watched him would agree. That dude was special

  46. infinitig says: Mar 16, 2017 6:31 PM

    That was a good start for his stint with the Vikings. Did anyone notice that he averaged 4 yards per carry behind a very good Oakland line.

  47. chris1cat says: Mar 16, 2017 10:14 PM

    Some Raiders fans assume that 4.0 is all he could get them and he should be worse with the Vikings. I’ll remind you the Reif and Remmers were LT and RT additions along with guys coming back from injury. Hello Mcfly !!
    Let me know when your next man up is 3.0
    And I’ll worry about Latavius being a 5.0

  48. northwoodsv2 says: Mar 17, 2017 9:50 AM

    mezanine10 says:
    Mar 16, 2017 3:18 PM
    If AP can’t run behind the Vikes line, Murray won’t be able to either.

    So, what I hear you saying is that Asiata and McKinnon are better RBs than Peterson……which is true.

  49. fmc651 says: Mar 17, 2017 11:33 AM

    abninf says:
    Mar 16, 2017 1:19 PM

    Did anyone outside of a few hardcore Viking fans even know what number Peterson wore? It’s not like he’s Roger Staubach or something.
    Yes NFL fans are quite aware that #28 is AD. He wore it in college too. Football fans know this as well. You sound absurd.

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