Tom Brady: Bucs quarterback accepts iconic No 12 jersey from Chris Godwin
Brady won six Super Bowl titles while wearing the 12 in New England
Last Updated: 31/03/20 8:24pm
The TB12 brand will live on in Tampa.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Tuesday that quarterback Tom Brady will wear No 12 with his new team, just as he did for 20 seasons and while winning six Super Bowl championships with the New England Patriots.
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Wide receiver Chris Godwin had worn No 12 since 2017, when the Buccaneers selected him in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He's switching to No 14.
The Buccaneers' website said Godwin and Brady spoke on the phone after Brady signed his two-year deal with the Bucs on March 20, and Godwin told team reporter Casey Phillips he'd give up the number to the NFL legend.
"Obviously, if he doesn't want it or isn't making a big deal about it, I'm definitely going to keep it," Godwin said. "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?"
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Godwin's agent, Tory Dandy, told The Athletic there was no compensation from Brady for the jersey number.
"Gave it to him out of respect," Dandy said.
Godwin has fared well while wearing the No 12 jersey, recording 179 receptions for 2,700 yards and 17 touchdowns during his three NFL seasons and also while excelling in college at Penn State. The 24-year-old was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2019.
Other players to wear 12 in Buccaneers history include quarterbacks Doug Williams, Trent Dilfer and the McCown brothers - Luke and Josh.