Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 2/1/12

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during warms up against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson hopes to return in 2012 with a rebuilt knee after offseason surgery. He was hoping to do so with a new number as well. When Peterson saw what it was going to take to switch from his familiar No. 28, he had second thoughts, however. Peterson, Minnesotas franchise back who signed a 100 million contract extension before last season, took to Twitter on Wednesday to share his displeasure about the cost to change numbers. "So here is the deal with the number change!," Peterson tweeted at @AdrianPeterson. "So I received a call and I was informed that I would haveto buy all jerseys that's been produced.Thus far! N the total amount that I would have to pay blew my mind!!!!!" Peterson, rehabbing from surgery to repair the ACL and MCL in his left knee, first contemplated a change on Jan. 20 and asked his Twitter followers their opinion of seeing Peterson in a new number. "So I'm thinking about changing my number! 28 has been good to me, but I think its time switch it up! What do you think about the switch?" Peterson tweeted. "I was thinking 21 or 23! Hands down I would pick 1 but the NFL rules wouldn't allow it! Only QB." Peterson had apparently decided on No. 23 and felt now was the time for a change as Nike takes over as the leagues official jersey licensee from Reebok in 2012. In accordance with the regulations though, Peterson was informed he would have to buy back all the unsold No. 28 jerseys. According to Peterson, the cost to make the switch would have been 1 million. With the prohibitive cost, Peterson will be sticking with No. 28. Peterson tweeted: "Why? Ok so I see maybe ten thousand dollars of my total jersey sales! That's it!!! In I know I've mostly likely been in the top ten when it comes to top sales ! Why in the hell do I have to pay a Million dollars to change my number! I don't even get paid a million Dollars by my sponsors a year! Wow!!! N I'm talking about my nike deal!" Nike has reportedly said significant changes are coming to the leagues uniform in 2012 and players such as Peterson might have felt it was the opportunity to make a number switch because NFL licensing rules dictate players must purchase all unsold jerseys if they want to make a change. Peterson felt a switch wasnt worth the cost and shared his opinion of the rules. "So people may not understand some of the things I say from MY POINT OF VEIW! But this situation says a lot!," Peterson tweeted. "1 I'm in the top jersey sales! 2 I see maybe 10,000 from those sales3 I get paid under 1million a year4 but I oder to change MY number I have to pay a Million Bucks! Somebody's winning in that situation & ITs not me! So clearly with that said I won't be changing my number This years! Pay a mill to change number or keep the mill n continue to wear 28?! That's a easy one... Hell 28 it is!!! Lol." Weighed against a multi-million dollar contract, the cost to switch might not seem like much to Peterson and his Twitter followers seemed to wonder the same thing. Peterson apparently must have received some backlash for his comments. Peterson responded: "Someone just hit me saying stop crying! Lol I'm sharing my thoughts! I thought that's what twitter was all about. Anyway I won't be changing My number for the reason you have in front of you! So someone said! You got it just pay it! You must be smoking something to thing I'll Waste that type of money just to change a number on my work uniform!" Peterson offered some background on his choice of numbers, explaining why he wears No. 28. However, there was no discussion about No. 23, which is currently assigned to Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin. "Ok here's the store behind 28! In a nut shell! In High school I wanted number 29 because I liked E.Dickerson!," Peterson tweeted of trying to replicate Eric Dickersons number. "So I requested 29 they didn't Have it so I went with 28."
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