Dalvin Cook teased a return to his roots by donning his vintage NFL No. 4 jersey, and now the 26-year-old Minnesota Vikings running back is backing it up.
“This number symbolizes a lot for me. My dad passed away, and this is the number he would want me to wear,” Cook told TMZ Sports, while holding up four fingers on both hands. “…I got my number back.”
The NFL has rescinded the rule prohibiting players in offensive skilled positions, among other positions, from wearing single-digit numbers on their jerseys. However, the only caveat was that players had to “repurchase existing inventory from jersey distributors”, as reported by ESPN’s Kevin Seifert.
Cook was thought to have to pay up to $1.5 million to buy back his old jerseys, but speaking with TMZ, he said all he had to do was wait.
“I don’t have to pay this [$1.5 million]. I had to wait. I just had to wait,” Cook said.
Cook wore the No. 4 jersey during his rise as an NFL prospect at Miami Central High School and Florida State. So there is obviously serious sentimental value attached to his football upbringing, while also honoring the memory of his late father.
When asked if the number change would lead to the best season of his career, he left the interviewer with just three words.
“Just look at me,” Cook said.