Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin is prepared to welcome the face of the TB12 brand with open arms.
Whether Godwin gives celebrated quarterback Tom Brady his No. 12 jersey could be an entirely different matter, however.
"My phone is blowing up over the last 24 hours on Twitter, Instagram, like phone calls, text messages. People just asking me the same question. I think it will be very interesting whatever happens," Godwin said, via the Tampa Bay Times.
"We haven't talked about it. We talked briefly, but hadn't mentioned that at all. Obviously, if he doesn't want it or isn't making a big deal about it, I'm definitely going to keep it. But we'll see how that goes think just out of respect for what he's done, what he's accomplished just kind of the for the career he's built for himself. You've got to kind of lean into that respect, you know? We'll see. We'll see how it goes."
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 also was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2019.
By comparison, Brady has (ahem) done quite well for himself while wearing the No. 12 jersey since he entered the league with the New England Patriots in 2000. You know, six Super Bowl titles, three NFL MVP awards, 14 Pro Bowl selections, etc.
With that in mind, Godwin appears to be keeping the bigger picture in sight.
"I'm not too worried about it," Godwin said, per ESPN. "I think the biggest thing is that we have a great player coming down to join a bunch of great players that we have. And once we mesh all that together it's gonna be scary how good we can be."
--Field Level Media