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Updated: February 1st, 2012 1:20pm
Adrian Peterson won't switch jersey numbers, blames NFL policy

Adrian Peterson won't switch jersey numbers, blames NFL policy

by Tom Pelissero
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Don't get rid of your Adrian Peterson jerseys just yet.

The Minnesota Vikings' star halfback said last week he was considering changing numbers from No. 28, which he has worn since high school.

But in a series of Twitter posts on Wednesday, Peterson explained he won't be changing, thanks to an NFL policy that requires players to buy the remaining stock of their old jerseys before making such a change -- something Peterson said would have cost him around $1 million.

"So I received a call and I was informed that I would (have) to buy all jerseys that's been produced (t)hus far!" Peterson wrote. "(And) the total amount that I would have to pay blew my mind!!!!!"

For some players, buying their remaining jerseys would be a smaller investment. For a player as popular as Peterson, who received $36 million in guarantees on the contract extension he signed in September, tens of thousands of jerseys may exist.

"Ok so I see maybe ten thousand dollars of my total jersey sales! That's it!!!" Peterson wrote, referring to a player's cut of the licensing fee.

"(And) I know I've mostly likely been in the top ten (w)hen it comes to top sales ! Why in the hell do I have to pay a Million dollars to change my number! I don't even get paid a million (d)ollars by my sponsors a year! Wow!!! (And) I'm talking about my (N)ike deal!"

It remains unclear why Peterson was considering a change, although the major knee injury from which he's recovering might have been a factor. He wrote that he has worn No. 28 since high school because No. 29 -- worn by his hero, Eric Dickerson -- wasn't available.

Either way, it appears the change isn't happening.

"You must be smoking something to thin(k) I'll (w)aste that type of money just to change a number on my work uniform!" Peterson wrote.

The number Peterson said he would have switched to?

That's No. 23 -- the jersey worn by teammate Cedric Griffin, who struggled last season and may not be back.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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