Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson took to Twitter to vent about his discovery that if he changes his number to No. 23, he would have to spend a million dollars to buy all the jerseys already made in No. 28, according to NFL.com.
Peterson was hoping the policy that players have to buy the existing inventory of jerseys in their number would not still be in place because Nike is taking over the NFL’s license from Reebok in April. Peterson was informed Wednesday that the policy is in fact still in place, according to NFL.com.
NFL.com put together a transcript of Peterson’s 14 tweets about the potential number change:
"So here is the deal with the number change!," Peterson tweeted. "So I received a call and I was informed that I would've to buy all jerseys that's been produced Thus far! N the total amount that I would have to pay blew my mind!!!!! 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!"
He continues ... "So people may not understand some of the things I say from MY POINT OF VEIW! But this situation says a lot! #1 I'm in the top jersey sales! # 2 I see maybe 10,000 from those sales#3 I get paid under 1million a year#4 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 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!"