On his Podcast on all thingsPeterson said he was going to switch from the # 21 he’d donned the for the past decade Cardinals of Arizona through No. 7, the number he wore during his stellar college career at LSU and high school.
“I always wanted to rock # 7,” said Peterson. “After they made the change, it was easy for me because 7 was always my number. I felt like 7 was my number. Like 21 is Deions [Sanders] Number do you know what i mean? I felt like I was in high school and college, I made 7 known. You can say. When I went to LSU, the guys wanted to wear the number 7 … I had the feeling that this was my number. “
The number that previously belonged to Viking’s backup quarterback Nate Stanleyhas a special meaning for Peterson, who signed a $ 10 million one-year contract with Minnesota last month. When he entered the league in 2011, cornerbacks and collateral were only allowed to wear the numbers 20-49.
Peterson said he would wear either # 24 in honor of Champ Bailey or # 21, the number popularized by Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders, as he had to choose a two-digit number when entering the NFL in 2011.
Peterson offered thoughtful compensation in exchange for Stanley’s No. 7 and will donate new shoulder pads to the football team at Stanley’s alma mater, Menomonie High School, Wisconsin.
Since there probably isn’t a lot of inventory of Viking jerseys with Peterson’s name and previous number, the cornerback probably won’t have to spend a lot of money buying back the inventory from the league official since he signed with the team’s distributor only a month ago, according to the new rules if players want to make the move before the 2021 season.
Peterson will be the first non-quarterback or kicker to wear the number 7 in a Viking uniform.