Jersey numbers can be really important to players in any sport. For some, the number has a sentimental value and would like to own it for as long as possible.
But there will be a change coming with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With Tom Brady signing a deal with the franchise earlier this week, the legendary quarterback and wide receiver Chris Godwin will have to have a conversation about who wears the No. 12 jersey.
Brady wore the No. 12 jersey in New England, and Godwin has been sporting the same number since his high school days. But the receiver says he’d be willing to surrender that number to the new Bucs quarterback, considering all he’s accomplished in his career.
“Obviously if he doesn’t want it, or if he’s not making a big deal out of it, I’m definitely going to keep it. We’ll see how that goes,” Godwin said on the Bucs’ website. “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 have to lean into that respect.”
Godwin went on to say that Brady is “the GOAT.”
It should be interesting to see which player winds up wearing the No. 12 jersey in Tampa next season, and perhaps what the cost would be for the player who surrenders the number.