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.

49 responses to “Latavius Murray won’t wear No. 28 with Vikings

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

  2. 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….

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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?!

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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’.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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.

  23. 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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