Newly signed Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray is leaving the No. 28 jersey in Oakland.
Murray, who also wore No. 28 during his collegiate career at Central Florida says he wore the number to pay respect to former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor.
After Taylor retired, Murray said it was Adrian Peterson who inspired him to keep the number.
Murray posted this message on his Instagram account:
There wasn’t a thought in my mind to try and wear or ask for the #28. I have too much respect for AP and so much respect for what he’s done and what he means to this organization. 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
Very respectful and classy message from Latavius Murray to Vikings fans and Adrian Peterson.