November 10, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd (73) reacts after he forced a fumble on Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns wide receiver Harry Peoples (not pictured) during the first quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Several Minnesota Vikings Players Change Jersey Numbers


Every year in the NFL, one or two players on each team seem to have a player that changes jersey numbers in order to wear a number that is special to them.  This happened today with the Minnesota Vikings and a former first round draft pick among others.

Here is a list of Minnesota Vikings players with new numbers:

  • Sharrif Floyd (old number: 95, new number: 73)
  • Scott Crichton (old number: 72, new number: 95)
  • Isame Faciane (old number: 73, new number: 76)
  • Matt Hall (old number: 73, new number 72)
  • Shamar Stephen (old number: 76, new number 93)

The change that will make the biggest difference to fans here is Sharrif Floyd changing from #95 to #73.  Although I didn’t purchase a Floyd jersey during his rookie year, the fans who did now have a Floyd jersey with the incorrect number on it.  Sure, they could consider it a throwback or a relic, but odds are they will be disappointed by the news that one of their favorite young Minnesota Vikings players changed their number.

Sep 14, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Oregon State Beavers defensive end Scott Crichton (95) between plays during the second half against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Oregon State won 51-48 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

It makes sense that Floyd would change his jersey number though.  Back at the University of Florida, he wore the number 73, but didn’t push for the number during his rookie year in the NFL.  Now, Floyd has made the move to rectify the mistake and will don the #73 jersey until otherwise noted.

The other bigger news here is rookie defensive end Scott Crichton switching from #72 to #95.  It is pretty cool that Crichton will get to wear the number that he did at Oregon State.  Hopefully you haven’t ordered a Scott Crichton jersey yet so you can get the new number he will wear.

Tags: Isame Faciane Matt Hall Minnesota Vikings Scott Crichton Shamar Stephen Sharrif Floyd

  • nosoop4u

    I would think, of all these, someone taking KW’s 93 would be the biggest news. Only one player has worn that number for the Vikings for over a decade. And you didn’t even mention that.

    • https://www.facebook.com/PurplePeoplePodcast Adam Carlson

      To be honest, I didn’t even think of that when I was writing this up. For some reason, it just didn’t connect with me. Sorry about that…you’re totally right!

    • Jesse Stensby

      Cause it likely won’t last long.

      • Killerz67

        And the guy that wore 93 before Williams was pretty good as well!!

  • Clint Ronnenberg

    Number changes are pretty common in the first few years of a career. Most people wouldn’t be upset.