Friday, January 22, 2021

Chris Godwin gives Brady iconic No. 12

In a gesture straight out of a Disney movie Buccaneers 2019 breakout player Chris Godwin has given new signing Tom Brady his number 12 shirt. Brady, of course, has the TB12 brand and has won six Super Bowls wearing the number in his time in New England.

Godwin wore the number 12 for three seasons in Tampa Bay, racking up 179 catches for 2,700 yards, and 17 touchdowns. He exploded onto the national stage in 2019 with 1,333 yards and 9 touchdowns. The gesture will likely go down well with Head Coach and new teammate Tom Brady

Chris Godwin shows true class

Chris Godwin had a breakout season in 2019
Chris Godwin had a breakout season in 2019

While it has become a bit of a thing for major free agent signings to get their usual number when they join a new team, there is usually a back and forth and often some kind of monetary consideration for changing numbers.

Not the case for Chris Godwin as he has made the gesture solely out of respect for Brady’s accomplishments in the game.

“Obviously, if he doesn’t want it or isn’t making a big deal about it, I’m definitely going to keep it,” said Godwin. “But we’ll see how that goes. I think just out of respect for what he’s done, what he’s accomplished, just kind of the career he’s built for himself…you’ve got to kind of lean into that respect, you know?”

Brady of course accepted.

Chris Godwin will now wear the no. 14 going forward, a shirt not exactly steeped in Buccaneers records. Brad Johnson wore the shirt for the Super Bowl XXXVII season, while Vinny Testaverde is probably the most iconic wearer of it in Bucs history.

Safe to say Chris Godwin will have a more illustrious career in the NFL, and with any luck will be able to surpass them in Super Bowl rings.

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