Vikings: Dalvin Cook considering throwback number switch to Florida State days

Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings. (Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)
Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings. (Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports) /

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook may switch to his Florida State football number.

With the NFL allowing single-digit numbers at certain skill positions, Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook may go from the No. 33 he wears now to the iconic No. 4 from when he was a Florida State football star.

Cook rocked the No. 4 in Tallahassee playing for Jimbo Fisher and in high school in his native Miami. He would not be alone in this endeavor on the Vikings side of things, as wide receiver Justin Jefferson and defensive backs Cameron Dantzler and Patrick Peterson have been open to wearing their former numbers from their SEC days. However, switching jerseys is not that simple.

What is the holdup when it comes to Cook going from No. 33 back to the No. 4 for the Vikings?

Minnesota Vikings: Dalvin Cook seriously considering a jersey number switch

While it would be cool to see Cook wear the No. 4 jersey again like he did starring in the ACC, there is one major catch to switching out numbers. The NFL player wanting to do so will have to buy up all the inventory costs of their old jersey numbers from the league. Though people will buy a signed Cook jersey no matter what number it is, this is a financial decision worth considering.

For years, wearing a single-digit number in the backfield was not allowed at the NFL level. However, this latest change to the rules will afford rising college stars to potentially wear the same number they always have without strict positional designation rules. Currently, there is no player on the Vikings roster wearing No. 4, so Cook would not have to pay a teammate to switch.

If the costs are worth it for Cook to switch from No. 33 back to No. 4, then he should consider it.

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