Latavius Murray officially moved on from the Oakland Raiders this week when he signed with the Minnesota Vikings as a free agent, but one small problem remains: Murray’s jersey number.
Murray wore No. 28 throughout his four-year tenure in Oakland, but that’s the same number worn by Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, arguably the best running back in franchise history. For many, the signing of Murray points to the end of Peterson’s somewhat turbulent tenure in Minnesota, which means Murray could technically continue to rock No. 28 if he so pleased. But, as a sign of respect to one of the best running backs in NFL history, Murray elected to not touch it.
In a long Instragram post, Murray said “there wasn’t a thought in my mind” about attempting to wear Peterson’s number while he’s in Minnesota, because of the respect for what Peterson has done and what he means to the Vikings. Murray then went on to provide some background on why he’s worn 28 for so long.
“Many people don’t know, but I wore the No. 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 No. 28,” Murray wrote.
Murray than assured the good people of Minnesota that he’s not looking to replace Peterson in any way.
“I want to say to Vikings fans: I’m not here to replace No. 28; he’s irreplaceable. I’m not here to be No. 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.”
A classy move from the Vikings’ newest running back.
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