Patrick Peterson is getting the jersey number he wanted, but he isn’t the only one benefitting from the NFL’s jersey number rule change.
The Minnesota Vikings cornerback decided to swap the No. 21 that he wore through 10 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals for the No. 7 that he wore collegiately with LSU.
“Once [the NFL] passed that new rule where skill positions were able to wear any number between 1 and 49, it was only right,” said Peterson, who wore #21 with the Cardinals.
“I always wore it in high school, I wore it in college. I always felt comfortable with it. And that’s what I felt started me. So it was only right to go back to my roots and rock that seven.”
Vikings quarterback Nate Stanley wore the No. 7, so to obtain that number, Peterson donated shoulder pads to the football team at Wisconsin’s Menomonie High School, where Stanley attended, according to Eric Smith of Vikings.com.
The league’s new jersey rules open up single digit numbers to positions other than quarterbacks, punters and kickers.
Stanley will wear No. 14 this season.