News is coming out that Chris Godwin didn't really want to give Tom Brady his #12 jersey.
“I have been (wearing No. 12) since high school and it means a lot to me,” he said. “At first it bothered me a little bit, it was kind of getting at me because it is part of my identity, but when the GOAT comes calling you kind of concede to him. Like I said, hopefully I can get a ring or two or three out of that. I was more than happy to do it. I have a new persona for me, 1-4. We’re going to move forward and make something special with it.”
The following quote is from a press release on Buccaneers.com on April 1st.
"Obviously, if he doesn't want it or isn't making a big deal about it, I'm definitely going to keep it," said Godwin. "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?"
The way I see it Godwin was pressured by a powerful white man to give up a part of his identity. Very not cool! Was Godwin at least compensated or did Brady just insinuate if you want the ball you're going to do this??? Has Brady been bested by Eli Manning yet again?
Everybody knows I'm a huge number guy. I am nasty at math when it's truly just numbers and I'm really good at remembering years/numbers. Here's a quick flex with no resources. Moses Malone once said that the 1983 76ers would go "fo', fo', fo'" in the playoffs (it was really fo', five, fo'). Tommy Tutone's Jenny/867-5309 peaked at #4 in 1982; Coach Herman Boone had eight brothers and sisters (although 12 sounds better).
I played four years of high school football so I know a thing or two about caring too much about jersey numbers; everybody knows how attached I was to the 5-8. For some, your number is a part of you on the field/court/ice/etc. It really is part of your personal identity. Sure there's some people who are more focused on what they're doing while wearing that number, but I am big believer in....you tell 'em Deion!
Tom Brady claims going to Tampa is a "football move". I'm not so sure. Does he want to win a Super Bowl or sling t-shirts?
Brady claimed his only request when joining the Bucs was his teammates phone numbers. We already know that's not true since he basically made the Gronk trade happen.
Obviously I know Brady has his whole TB12 brand, so I get wanting to keep it intact as he carpet bags in Tampa;;;;; BUT you know that a lot of athletes change numbers when they switch teams, right?
Brady hasn't even always been TB12!
The way I see it, if Brady really cared about winning and being the "Goat" he'd let his breakout WR stay who he is! You showed up to his house and took his bed, Tom you privileged heart-breaker. You should've left TB12 in New England with your dignity. I'm sorry, Chris you deserve better and if the Patriots knew how to draft maybe none of this ever even happens?
The minute Tom Brady retires I can retire this act, but sorry I'm not going to be rooting the Bucs (unless they're part of a bet).