A big theft in the repechage, strange number changes, jersey number withdrawals

October 9, 2021; Syracuse, New York, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Garrett Shrader (16) runs with the ball past Wake Forest Demon Deacons defensive lineman Luiji Vilain (2) during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes – USA TODAY Sports

The following questions are about current Minnesota Vikings topics that PurplePTSD answers. Today is the edition of May 10, approached in a trendy way. If you have any questions, please email them to [email protected]

Please also note: These are opinion-based answers. Some answers will sometimes be incorrect. But we will try to keep this to a minimum.


Q: I saw where Pioneer press said Luiji Vilain could be the steal of the draft. Do you agree?

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Luiji Naughty

A: No, not really.

Of course, there’s a chance he’ll blossom like Everson Griffen in 2014. Right now, he’s just a cool guy with a cool name. But we won’t endorse Vilain as a surefire misunderstood steal of the draft. Every draft pick is considered with supreme advantage right now, and Vilain is no different.

Q: Why do so many Vikings, new and old, have weird shirt numbers?

January 10, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Lewis Cine (16) is interviewed after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2022 CFP College Football National Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee – USA TODAY Sports

A: The NFL has relaxed the numbering rules, so this is the new normal. Get used to it because it’s here to stay.

Dalvin Cook has moved to No 4, Cameron Dantzler to No 3 and many rookies have odd numbers. Here’s how it goes. Change happens in sports, and it happens to be new and open change that doesn’t hurt anyone.

Q: What do you think is the next Vikings jersey number that should be retired?

Burns congratulates Vikings guard Randall McDaniel

A: You can’t go wrong with Randy Moss or Randall McDaniel.

Moss will create more buzz if the Vikings retire No. 84, but McDaniel’s No. 64 should also be in the rafters. McDaniel played for the Vikings longer than Moss and earned more All-Pro and Pro Bowl recognition.

Moss and McDaniel were fantastic, so let’s do both.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He host a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, airing every Wednesday with Raun Saw and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).

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