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    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2017
     Of all the numbers in our Minnesota Vikings
    By The Numbers series, few have had as little doubt surrounding them as the
    number 28. It belongs to the player that might be the best and most dynamic
    player the Minnesota Vikings have had since I became a fan, and clearly the best
    player at his position in the history of the team.The Vikings didn need to draft
    Adrian Peterson with the seventh pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, as they had a
    1,200-yard rusher in Chester Taylor. But they selected him anyway, and he went
    on to be the best running back of his generation by a significant margin. He
    burst onto the scene with a huge 224-yard, three touchdown performance against
    the Chicago Bears in his fifth career game,
    and topped that a few weeks later when he set the single-game NFL rushing record
    with a 296-yard performance against the San Diego Chargers at the Metrodome.He
    would go on to be the 2007 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, and the first of
    his seven Pro Bowl selections as a member of the Vikings. He won the first of
    his three rushing titles the next season, and would lead the NFL with 18 rushing
    touchdowns in 2009. In 2011, he suffered an awful knee injury that would have
    been a serious problem for most lesser running backs, but he responded with one
    of the greatest seasons for a running back in NFL history. He rushed for 2,097
    yards, nine yards short of Eric Dickerson single-season rushing record, and was
    named the NFL Most Valuable Player for that season.Peterson won his third
    rushing title in 2015, but missed almost all of 2016 with a knee problem. With a
    big payday coming up in the final season of his contract, the team made the
    decision to part ways with Peterson, who went on to sign with the New Orleans
    Saints.Adrian Peterson owns every significant rushing record in Vikings’ history
    by a significant margin Danielle Hunter
    , and it going to be a long time before a Minnesota running back
    threatens any of those marks. There are a number of players that could be argued
    as the greatest player to put on the purple, but Adrian Peterson is definitely
    on the short list.We do need to give an Honorable Mention to a guy that will be
    inducted into the Minnesota Vikings’ Ring of Honor this year, and that wide
    receiver Ahmad Rashad. Rashad was the fourth overall pick of the 1972 NFL Draft
    by the St. Louis Cardinals, but only played with them for two seasons. He then
    played a year with the Buffalo Bills and then missed an entire season before
    signing with the Vikings before the 1976 season. He was a four-time Pro Bowler
    with the Vikings, and was named one of the 50 Greatest Vikings of All
    Time.Rashad also had two very unique plays in his career. As a rookie with the
    Cardinals, he set the record for the longest play from scrimmage that didn score
    a touchdown. With the Cardinals at the 1-yard line, he caught a pass from
    quarterback Jim Hart and was tackled all the way down at the other 1-yard line,
    a 98-yard reception that didn result in a score. Of course, most Vikings fans
    know him from his other famous catch.But, this number clearly belongs to
    Peterson, and it pretty likely that nobody is going to pick the number up again
    for quite a while.Vikings that have worn the number 28Dick Haley Tom Hall Earl
    Denny Ted Provost Ahmad Rashad Ted Rosnagle Izel Jenkins James Stewart Anthony
    Phillips Robert Tate Larry Ned Laroni Gallishaw Rashad Baker Adrian Peterson
    That does it for the number 28 David Morgan
    , folks. On to the number 27 tomorrow!