Vikings give new safety Adrian Peterson’s old number

By Vincent Frank
Brace Hemmelgarn, USA Today Sports

Adrian Peterson is considered the single greatest player in Minnesota Vikings history. Starring for the team from 2007-2016, Peterson finished his career as the franchise’s all-time leading rusher en route to putting up 11,747 yards and earning seven Pro Bowl appearances.

But we can now finally say that the Vikings have washed themselves of Peterson completely. Fresh off signing veteran safety George Iloka to a one-year contract earlier on Wednesday, the Vikings have awarded him Peterson’s old No. 28 jersey number.

That really has to be considered a slap in the face. It’s not like we’re talking about a Dallas Cowboys organization that has yet to retire a jersey.

The Vikings have actually sent six jerseys in retirement throughout their history. Most figured Peterson’s No. 28 and Randy Moss’ former No. 84 jerseys were the next to be given the treatment.

Alas, that’s not the case.