The number 12 became so much a part of Tom Brady’s identity during his 20-year tenure with the New England Patriots that his company’s name has the digits after his initials, “TB12.”
The 12 isn’t going anywhere now that Brady is the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team announced Tuesday receiver Chris Godwin, who donned the dozen for Tampa Bay for the last three seasons, agreed to give the six-time Super Bowl champion the number.
Brady and Godwin spoke on the phone shortly after Brady’s signing became official almost two weeks ago, per the team’s website. Godwin, who is coming off a 1,333-yard season capped by Pro Bowl honors, will switch to No. 14.
Godwin, 23, was immediately open to switching numbers in deference to one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, telling buccaneers.com, “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?”