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Adrian Peterson shows off new look in New Orleans Saints uniform

Adrian Peterson showed off his new look in old gold and black on Tuesday night.

Just hours after the New Orleans Saints officially announced their two-year deal with the former Vikings star running back, Peterson swapped out his Instagram and Twitter profile pictures with a version of himself in two different Saints uniforms.

The photoshopped image on Twitter features Peterson in a white Saints jersey wearing No. 28. The Instagram profile picture offers an alternate look with Peterson photoshopped into the Saints’ black tops and old gold bottoms and helmet.

Vikings fans will be among the first to see Peterson’s new look in person when the Saints open the season at U.S. Bank Stadium Sept. 11 in the Monday Night Football spotlight. Ticket prices for the home opener popped after news broke that Peterson would sign with New Orleans and play his first official game with the Saints in Minnesota.

Peterson also shared his first “Who Dat” with the world Tuesday night on Instagram. He posted a video of himself training with the caption, “The second thing on my intellect when I woke this morning, putting in work! On my knees giving thanks to my lord & savior was first. #WhoDat.”

Fans eager to add old gold and black to their closet colors can already purchase Peterson's black Saints jersey online. The jersey is labeled a "special event item," the only catch is the jersey will not ship until two to four weeks after Peterson's number is confirmed by the team. If you're feeling sentimental, Peterson's Vikings jerseys are also still available. 

Vikings ticket prices pop in anticipation of Peterson's return

Tickets prices for the Vikings’ season opener popped as reports of Adrian Peterson’s two-year deal with New Orleans began to surface.

In the moments after news broke, ticket prices for the Sept. 11 Monday Night Football opener against the Saints started at $96 on StubHub. Most upper-deck tickets were $125 and up, and lower concourse seats started at $160. The most expensive tickets ranged from $1,400 to $1,950.

Within 24 hours, the Peterson-effect had increased the cheapest available ticket on StubHub by 38 percent to $130 as of Wednesday morning. Upper-deck tickets also jumped in price with most options ranging from $148-$173.   The cheapest lower-deck ticket increased to $181. Luxury options mostly remained the same.

The cheapest ticket on Twin Cities-based Ticket King's website Wednesday morning was $165. Lower concourse tickets were starting at $256 per ticket. The most expensive seat, field level on the 50-yard line, was listed for $1,765.

So it seems Vikings fans are still willing to pay a premium price to see Peterson run the ball.

Star Tribune columnist Patrick Reusse is one of many individuals convinced the NFL knew Peterson would sign with the Saints before releasing the 2017 schedule last week. There is also the possibility Peterson was motivated by the schedule for an opportunity to make a statement against his former team in Week 1.

Either way, it will make for entertaining football.