Most NFL fans recognize Adrian Peterson best in the No.28 jersey he wore in Oklahoma and during his best days with the Vikings.
However, Peterson has changed his number a lot over the years out of necessity. He will do it once again with the Titans.
Peterson will not wear the number 28. Instead, he will wear another new number, the fourth different of his NFL career. It takes advantage of the NFL’s new numbering rules and it will be single-digit variety.
Below is more information on Peterson’s latest issues as well as all the jerseys he’s worn while playing for six different NFL teams.
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What is Adrian Peterson’s jersey number with the Titans?
Peterson will don the No. 8 jersey for Tennessee. It is the first time in his career that he has worn a single-digit jersey.
The 36-year-old running back is taking advantage of the new NFL jersey number rules. Running backs were only allowed to wear numbers 20-49 under the old NFL jersey number rules. Now they can wear all numbers 1-49 and 80-89.
Peterson has yet to explain why he chose the No.8 jersey. He’s typically worn the No.28 jersey throughout his college and professional career, so perhaps the opportunity to retain at least half of his most iconic number led to that choice.
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Why isn’t Adrian Peterson wearing number 28?
The answer to this is simple. The Titans already have a number 28 on the roster: running back Jeremy McNichols. The fifth-year veteran has been wearing this number since joining the Titans in 2020.
The NFL does not allow mid-season number changes except under special circumstances. Here’s the league’s official wording on the rule, according to a 2018 Pro Football Talk article.
“For competitive reasons, no player may change his uniform number once the regular season has started… Special exceptions to this rule may be considered by the NFL Football Operations Department depending on the circumstances. (eg player traded to another team). “
If Peterson stays with the Titans in 2022, he will have the option to change his number. However, a change at this point could result in costs related to jersey production, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him retain the No.8 jersey for the duration of his stay in Tennessee.
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Timeline of Adrian Peterson’s career jersey numbers
Incredibly, the Titans will mark the sixth team Peterson has played for in his career. Here is an overview of the jersey numbers he wore at each of his stops.
Vikings (2007-2016): 28
Peterson has spent most of his career with the Vikings. He wore the No. 28 jersey, the same as his varsity number, for the duration of his stay there. In 10 years with the Vikings, he racked up 11,747 rushing yards and 97 rushing touchdowns. He also had a 2,097-yard season, good for the second-most rushing yards in a single season in NFL history.
Saints (2017): 28
Peterson retained the No.28 jersey for his brief stint with the Saints. He only played four games before being traded, as he fell behind in the backfield rotation consisting of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.
Cardinals (2017): 23
After his time with the Saints ended, Peterson joined the Cardinals. He changed his number to 23 at this stop, as special teams ace Justin Bethel already wore the No.28 jersey. Peterson had considered wearing the No.23 jersey in Minnesota in 2012, but changed his mind. when he found out he would have to pay Nike a million dollar fee to do so.
Washington Soccer Team (2018-2020): 26
It took a while for Peterson to find work after his six-game stint with the Cardinals ended. Ultimately, Washington signed him on the eve of the 2018 season with the team struggling with a smashed backroom. While the No.28 jersey was technically available, it was essentially unofficially withdrawn in Washington to honor Darrell Green. Peterson chose to wear the 26, which previously belonged to Clinton Portis, as his last number.
Lions (2020): 28
Peterson reverted to his traditional number when he joined the Lions. He ran for 604 yards and seven touchdowns while playing for his second team NFC North.
Titans (2021): 8
Now we’ll see what Peterson can do as he dons a single-digit jersey for the first time.