Without a doubt, the biggest surprise of the NFL offseason came when Tom Brady elected to leave the New England Patriots and sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa's star wideout Chris Godwin is excited about playing with Brady, but there was one part of the equation that Godwin wasn't so thrilled about: parting with his jersey number.
Godwin has been wearing the No. 12 since his high school days and at first wasn't too thrilled about giving it up to Brady.
"I have been (wearing No. 12) since high school and it means a lot to me," Godwin said on The Checkdown. "At first it bothered me a little bit, it was kind of getting at me because it is part of my identity, but when the GOAT comes calling you kind of concede to him. Like I said, hopefully I can get a ring or two or three out of that. I was more than happy to do it. I have a new persona for me, 1-4. We're going to move forward and make something special with it."
Ultimately, Godwin did surrender the No. 12 to Brady, which has been the former New England Patriots quarterback's number throughout his entire career. The two already worked out together this summer even though the NFL Players Association has recommended players not to do so.
"Any time you get to play with somebody that is the GOAT you've got to relish the opportunity," Godwin added. "I have tried to learn as much as possible. We have a chance to really make something shake here. We're going to go all-in and we're going to really go for it."
Godwin is coming off a career season in which he caught 86 passes for 1,333 yards to go along with nine touchdowns. The former third-round pick had six games in which he topped the 100 receiving yards mark while also registering multiple touchdown receptions in three contests. With weapons like Mike Evans, Godwin, OJ Howard, and Cameron Brate, Brady has the potential to have a huge year for the Buccaneers and the team could make some noise in the NFC South.