I want to take a quick second to step away from watching the lie of the "free market" getting exposed like Kevin Ware's tibia in front of a national audience to follow up in response to a fantastic blog I wrote back in June.
When news came out that Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin didn't really want to give up his number 12 for Tom Brady, but did anyways, admittedly, I was a liiittle hard on TB12 in a blog that did make me LOL upon re-reading. There were shots taken at his character and integrity that a lesser man may not have the balls to say what I am about to; I am sorry & I was wrong.
My bad for making jokes and being emotional about someone who was part of my life since 4th grade abandoning me and all those who loved and supported him for two decades in the middle of a fucking pandemic.
Apparently, TB12 was willing to pull a Joe Girardi and become TB7 in honor of his quest for a 7th ring.
According to Sporing News via NBC Sports, Brady was more than willing to switch things up in Tampa.
In an interview with NBC Sports' Peter King on "Football Morning in America," Buccaneers GM Jason Licht said Brady had a new jersey number in mind if things didn't work out.
"After we talked and we knew [Brady was going to sign], I said, 'Hey, there's one other thing here. It's a small thing, but maybe a big thing. We have a No. 12 on our team and he's pretty good — Chris Godwin. What are you thinking about that?'" Licht said, recalling his conversation with Brady. "He said, 'Oh, he's a great player. I'm not going to take his number. You know what number I'm thinking of? I'm thinking of taking maybe No. 7. Is that available?'"
When Licht asked Brady why he wanted to pick No. 7 he responded, "Go after that 7th Super Bowl."
I still think Brady should've given Godwin something for the gesture. Maybe he did and we just don't know? Maybe Godwin wouldn't accept? I don't know, I want to think Tom Brady has enough of a heart to not take no for answer and hook up his teammate for letting him keep his brand intact.
I'm just glad we're all on the same page now and world knows that I followed up to acknowledge a blog of mine that may not have been entirely accurate; that this carpetbagging GOAT was at the very least willing to have the conversation of letting Chris Godwin hold on something that meant a lot to him. Might as well change the NFL's greatest honor to the "Walter Payton and now Tom Brady, since he almost allowed a teammate to keep his number, Man of the Year Award".