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Updated: May 3rd, 2011 1:35pm
What's in a number? Christian Ponder will wear No. 7 with Vikings

What's in a number? Christian Ponder will wear No. 7 with Vikings

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Vikings won't be retiring Tarvaris Jackson's number anytime soon.

As expected, the team confirmed on Tuesday that top draft pick Christian Ponder will wear Jackson's old No. 7 -- the same number Ponder wore at Florida State.

Other numbers for the Vikings' rookie class are as follows:

• DB Mistral Raymond (30)
• CB Brandon Burton (36)
• LB Ross Homan (57)
• C Brandon Fusco (63)
• OL DeMarcus Love (75)
• TE Kyle Rudolph (82)
• WR Stephen Burton (86)
• DE D'Aundre Reed (92)
• DL Christian Ballard (99)

Jackson, who had worn No. 7 since he was drafted in 2006, wasn't tendered as a restricted free agent and will not be back with the Vikings.

None of the other numbers were taken by players who finished last season on the 53-man rsoter.

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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