Adrian Peterson Will Have To Pay $1,000,000 If He Wants To Change His Jersey Number
Earlier this week, AP revealed that he was considering changing his number from 28 to 23 next season. After suffering a serious knee injury at the end of last season, he was probably going to do it to give himself a fresh start at the beginning of the 2012-13 NFL season. However, shortly after making the revelation, Peterson got a call from someone—we’re guessing some with Reebok, who produces NFL jerseys—saying he’d have to pay up if he really wanted to make the switch.
“So here is the deal with the number change!” Peterson tweeted out. “So I received a call and I was informed that I would’ve [had] to buy all jerseys that’s been produced & Thus far! N the total amount that I would have to pay blew my mind!!!”
The total amount he’d have to pay, according to a source: Approximately $1,000,000. Upon finding out the news, he continued to rant and rave on Twitter about the injustice involved with all of this. “Why?” he tweeted. “Ok so I see maybe ten thousand dollars of my total jersey sales! That’s it!!! In I know I’ve most 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!”
It’s not like Peterson is hard up for cash right now. After all, he just signed a seven-year, $100 million deal before last season with $40 million due to him over the course of the last few years. But, he does have a point here. I could see if players were taking home huge cuts of their jersey sales, but why should Peterson have to pay to change his number? Furthermore, wouldn’t it actually benefit Reebok to have him wear a new number? His jersey sales are already high. We can’t help but think they could be even higher next season if he wore a new number and people went back out to the stores in droves to re-buy his jersey.
Oh well. For Peterson, the price just isn’t worth it. Which is why he’s now saying that he’s no longer going to “change a number on my work uniform.” ”Pay a mill to change number or keep the mill n continue to wear 28?!” he wrote on Twitter. “That’s a easy one…Hell 28 it is!!! Lol.”
Good decision. Even though we would’ve liked to see Reebok reward one of their top sellers by granting him the ability to change his number. Especially after seeing how much money he’s made for them in the past.