Vikings’ Adrian Peterson Won’t Change Numbers; Nike Wants $1 Million

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has started rehabbing his injured left knee suffered during the season and had thoughts of starting next year fresh with a new jersey number. He asked his Twitter followers for opinions on him changing to #23 or #21.

On Wednesday, the social networking sports star took to Twitter to let his fans know he would be sticking with #28. It was a decision Peterson was not happy with as he went off on a rant against Nike.

So here is the deal with the number change! So I received a call and I was informed that I would’ve to buy all jerseys that’s been produced
Thus far! N the total amount that I would have to pay blew my mind!!!!!
Why? Ok so I see maybe ten thousand dollars of my total jersey sales! That’s it!!! In I know I’ve mostly likely been in the top ten
When 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
Dollars by my sponsors a year! Wow!!!
N I’m talking about my nike deal!
So people may not understand some of the things I say from MY POINT OF VEIW! But this situation says a lot!
#1 I’m in the top jersey sales! # 2 I see maybe 10,000 from those sales#3 I get paid under 1million a year#4 but I oder to change MY number
I have to pay a Million Bucks! Somebody’s winning in that situation & ITs not me! So clearly with that said I won’t be changing my number
Pay a mill to change number or keep the mill n continue to wear 28?! That’s a easy one… Hell 28 it is!!! Lol
Someone just hit me saying stop crying! Lol I’m sharing my thoughts! I thought that’s what twitter was all about. Anyway I won’t be changing
My number for the reason you have in front of you! So someone said! You got it just pay it! You must be smoking something to thing I’ll
Waste that type of money just to change a number on my work uniform!

Nike replaces Reebok as the official uniform provider for the NFL next year and there had been some speculation that players would be able to change numbers without having to refund the official sponsor. From

In past years, a player-initiated number change would have been met with a requirement that the player refund Reebok for the existing inventory of jerseys with the number he wants to abandon. With the new Nike jerseys coming soon, there’s a chance that it will be open season for the shifting of numbers.

Nike continues to redefine ‘big pimpin’. Peterson said he was planning on changing his number to 23 before learning of the million-dollar fee.

Adrian Peterson spends New Year's Eve in hospital


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  1. Posted at | Permalink

    Who is gonna make him pay the money? The NFL?
    Just change your number and tell Nike screw you.

    • Blackhawk
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      Not quite that easy. The NFL has agreements with Nike too and thus they ate getting a cut on jersey sales too. So in short it’s probably written into the contract Nike signed with the NFL to be the jersey manufactor that the players won’t change their numbers or name (I see you Ocho Cinco) every other year. Unless its a trade the player is going to have to pay something. I’m sure it’s a standard thing with all the major sports.

  2. Denizio
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    I don’t feel sorry for Peterson. If that’s the least of his worries he’s got it made. This from a guy who says he is a slave to the Vikings. He has a choice: QUIT! He needs to just worry about rehabbing his knee. Not too often RBs make successful comebacks from that type of injury. They are never the same afterwards. Don’t worry about the jersey number. Rehab your knee and your brain.

  3. NC
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    Peterson needs to grow up. He has always thought that the rules don’t apply to him and he’s a victim…

    He got away with “test-driving” a car for two months in college—etc.

  4. Posted at | Permalink

    Find two players who want to change numbers. Trade them for each other. The following day trade them for each other again. They’ll both get to change their numbers without charge. And no one has broken any rules. Chicken Salad anyone?

  5. opportunity knocks
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    Pay the $mill and have them send you the inventory. Then personally sign each and every jersey and place them all for sale on Ebay at double the price. You would think that Nike would want to have players change their jersey numbers because they could then re-sale the new jersey number to people that already own the old jersey.

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