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New Vikings RB Latavius Murray has ‘too much respect’ to ask for his old No. 28

By Derek Wetmore

Latavius Murray wore No. 28 as a kid because of Fred Taylor. Then, when Taylor retired and Adrian Peterson was busy doing his thing as one of the best running backs of all-time, Murray stuck with 28 as a nod to Peterson.

Now, Murray joins the Vikings, which likely means Peterson won’t be back. And if you were wondering whether Murray might try to keep his number — the purple and gold No. 28 that Peterson wore all those years — you can forget about that.

In a classy Instagram post Thursday, Murray wrote that he has “too much respect” for what Peterson has accomplished to even ask for the number. (He might not have gotten it anyway, but in any case, it’s a nice gesture.)

“There wasn’t a thought in my mind to try and wear or ask for the #28,” Murray wrote. “I have too much respect for AP and so much respect for what he’s done and what he means to this organization.”

It’s not hard to imagine the Vikings retiring Peterson’s No. 28, since “Adrian” fits right alongside other great Vikings mononyms like Fran (10) and Mick (53). The other jerseys that have been retired are Jim Marshall (70), Korey Stringer (77), Cris Carter (80) and Alan Page (88). And who knows, maybe one day Randy Moss’ 84 will be reserved, too.

Here’s the rest of Murray’s post:

Many people don’t know, but I wore the #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 #28. I want to say to Vikings fans: I’m not here to replace #28, he’s irreplaceable. I’m not here to be #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 #skol

The post New Vikings RB Latavius Murray has ‘too much respect’ to ask for his old No. 28 appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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