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Latavius Murray won't take Adrian Peterson's No. 28 with Vikings

Latavius Murray won't take Adrian Peterson's No. 28 with Vikings

Murray has worn the number for years but has "too much respect" for Peterson to ask for it in Minnesota.

Latavius Murray has worn No. 28 throughout his college and NFL careers, but he'll give it up as he moves to Minnesota to replace a man who has been associated with that number even longer.

Murray wrote in an Instagram post Thursday that he has "too much respect" for Adrian Peterson to even ask for the 28 jersey with the Vikings. The former Raiders running back agreed Wednesday to a three-year deal that reportedly will pay him about $15 million and essentially eliminates any hope of Peterson staying in Minnesota at a reduced rate.

In a message to Vikings fans on social media, Murray wrote that he started wearing 28 as a kid in homage to Fred Taylor, and Peterson was his reason for keeping the number as Taylor's career waned.

"I want to say to Vikings fans: I'm not here to replace #28, he's irreplaceable," Murray wrote. "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."

 

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