Patrick Peterson to wear single-digit jersey number for Vikings in 2021

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Patrick Peterson
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Patrick Peterson /

New Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson recently revealed he will officially be wearing the No. 7 during the upcoming 2021 season.

Since the recent rule change was passed that will allow more position groups to wear single-digit jersey numbers in the NFL next season, a few members of the Minnesota Vikings have come out and announced that they will be sticking with their current numbers.

Justin Jefferson and Cameron Dantzler have both let it be known recently that they will be sporting the same jersey numbers for the Vikings next season. It sounds like Dalvin Cook could potentially make a number switch in 2022, but for the 2021 campaign, he’ll be sticking with the No. 33 on his jersey.

On Sunday, we found out about one of the first players on Minnesota’s roster who will be taking advantage of the league’s new jersey number rule.

Patrick Peterson will wear the No. 7 for the Minnesota Vikings in 2021

A big reason why most of the current Vikings players won’t be making a number change is due to the rule that they need to buy all of their remaining jersey inventory if they want to switch numbers this year. Cook found out this was going to cost him around $1.5 million, so he decided to keep his money and his number for next season.

For the new players on Minnesota’s roster, however, they don’t have to deal with this rule since their remaining jersey inventory is with a different team. So with no fee needed to sport a new number on his jersey, new Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson announced on a recent episode of his “All Things Covered” podcast that he will be wearing the No. 7 on his purple and gold uniform next season.

During his tenure with the Arizona Cardinals, Peterson wore the No. 21 on his jersey to honor Hall of Fame cornerback (and friend of Mike Zimmer’s), Deion Sanders.

That was before he was allowed to wear a single-digit jersey number though. With the new rule, Peterson will have the No. 7 on his jersey for the first time since his college career at LSU.

Last season, quarterback Nate Stanley was listed with the No. 7 jersey number on Minnesota’s roster. Stanley is still on the Vikings’ roster, but it seems safe to assume he will be wearing a new number when he’s competing for a job this summer.