Chris Godwin gives No. 12 jersey to Tom Brady
Tom Brady is beginning a new chapter of his legendary career at age 42, but the quarterback is keeping the same jersey number.
Brady wore No. 12 throughout his incredible run with the New England Patriots, and that number was occupied by one of the best players on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster last season. Fortunately for Brady, star wide receiver Chris Godwin had no problem giving up No. 12. The Bucs announced on Tuesday that Brady will wear No. 12 and Godwin is changing to No. 14.
Godwin said recently that he is “very passionate” about the No. 12, and he would have kept it if Brady was indifferent. The receiver said he has worn the number since high school.
“But if he does (want No. 12), out of respect for everything he’s accomplished and everything that he’s done I will kinda have to defer to him,” Godwin said. “He’s the G.O.A.T., you know. If he’s willing to give it up, perfect but if he’s not, then I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”
Obviously, Brady had plenty of reason to want to keep No. 12. His brand is called “TB12” and includes sports performances centers, dietary supplements, and much more. It’s obvious how important Brady’s brand is to him, and we feel it could be one of the reasons he chose to sign with the Bucs.
The real story here is that Godwin (allegedly) gave Brady No. 12 for free, as some players have had to pay steep prices for jersey numbers in the past. Godwin likely made that decision because Brady is the one who is going to be throwing passes to the receiver in 2020 and potentially beyond. Graciously giving up your jersey number for your new quarterback is a great way to get off on the right foot.