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Latavius Murray won’t wear No. 28 with Vikings out of respect to Adrian Peterson

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Latavius Murray wore No. 28 with the Raiders and in college but says he won’t wear it with the Vikings.

The Minnesota Vikings seemingly closed the door on the possibility of a future with Adrian Peterson when the team signed former Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray on Thursday.

However, Murray wants to make it clear that while he’s the next step for the Vikings, he will never be Peterson:

Murray — who wore No. 28 during his three seasons in Oakland and his college days at Central Florida — posted on Instagram that he’ll change his number in Minnesota out of respect to the future Hall of Fame running back. Peterson was even one of Murray’s inspirations for wearing the number in the first place.

And Peterson appreciates Murray’s show of respect:

The Vikings announced that Murray will wear No. 25 instead.

Peterson is still a free agent, and a reunion with the Vikings has long been considered a possibility for the running back. But adding Murray represents the addition of a similar stylistic running back who is four years younger and has nearly 2,000 fewer career rushing attempts.

With Murray added to the backfield, the Vikings have filled the hole left by Peterson’s departure, even if the former Raiders running back will never fill the shoes of the seven-time Pro Bowler who’s leaving.