While the fate of Adrian Peterson’s career remains unknown, the Vikings signed on a new running back as a potential replacement, signaling the end of an era.
On Thursday, the Vikings announced that the team had reached a deal with former Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray, who would hopefully revive the team’s struggling rushing offense. After Peterson’s torn meniscus left him benched for most of the season, the team sought other options for the forthcoming season. However, as the team prepares to get acquainted with Peterson’s potential successor, Murray has made it clear, that he has no intentions of erasing or replacing Peterson’s memory.
“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,” the running back said of Peterson, being that Murray wore the same number in Oakland. “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.”
With that being said, Murry has chosen to wear #25 instead, to honor “his best friend that passed away last year,” reports state.
The team’s GM gave similar remarks of Adrian Peterson, who is currently a free agent, “Adrian is probably going to go down as one of the greatest Vikings,” he told reporters, adding that Murray’s arrival also indicates Petersons’ departure.
“With us signing Murray, Adrian will move on elsewhere,” he said.