Buccaneers: Should Chris Godwin give up #12 to Tom Brady?

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

With bigger national football sources confirming what we all suspected, it’s time to look at Brady’s awkward obligation if all goes according to plan.

Tom Brady has turned the sports world on its head today, announcing that he is leaving the Patriots as well as potentially choosing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as his next team to carry his playing legacy.

This has been largely confirmed by several reputable sources, one of which was ESPN’s Adam Schefter as shown below.

If everything falls through and tomorrow doesn’t feel like a dream when you wake up, then Tom Brady will likely be the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And what’s not to like?

For starters, Brady now has two Pro-Bowl wide receivers to throw to in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Sounds great right?

Only one small problem…

Tom Brady and Chris Godwin both wear the number 12.

In most cases, even in Godwin’s case of a quickly ascending as a star, most players would be expected to give up their number when a walking legend joins the team, but Godwin’s situation is a bit different.

Chris Godwin has worn the number 12 jersey since being a high-school football star playing for Middletown in Delaware. He wore the number 12 jersey as a featured man during his tenure at Penn State. Godwin was also blessed to be able to have the number 12 with his first NFL team.

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Suffice to say, Tom is going to have to pay a king’s ransom on nostalgia alone for Godwin to switch numbers. Hopefully, the two can laugh back on their inevitable awkward encounter if they can help each other reach the Super Bowl in 2020 (also hosted in Tampa Bay this year)