Godwin told the Buccaneers’ website that no transaction or compensation was involved, despite a precedent being set previously by new teammates getting numbers already taken.
“Obviously if he doesn’t want it, or if he’s not making a big deal out of it, I’m definitely going to keep it. We’ll see how that goes,” Godwin said earlier this month in a video interview with the Bucs’ website. “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 have to lean into that respect.”
Godwin posted on Instagram an altered image of him wearing a No. 14 jersey.
Brady later responded, writing: “Much Appreciated — Very Grateful — Humbled And ready to get to work !!!”
Godwin also talked about his number with ESPN’s NFL Live, saying he was “passionate” about 12, which he has worn since high school. He frequently hashtags “TwelfthAve” and “12szn” in his posts. His fianceé, Mariah DelPercio, even includes the 12 in her Instagram handle.
Godwin told NFL Live that he would defer to Brady out of respect for everything the six-time Super Bowl champion has accomplished during his career.
“He’s the GOAT,” Godwin said.
Brady spent 20 seasons wearing No. 12 for the New England Patriots before signing with the Bucs this offseason.