Tom Brady shall be sporting his traditional No. 12 jersey when the Bucs face the Chiefs in Tremendous Bowl 55, however he was keen to vary.
When Brady arrived in Tampa Bay, there was already a participant sporting that quantity. And it wasn’t some random participant — it was Professional Bowl receiver Chris Godwin. Whereas Godwin could have been in a position to power the problem to maintain his jersey quantity, he kindly allowed Brady to put on 12 as he opted to put on 14.
Whereas Brady accepted, he was additionally keen to vary.
In an interview with NBC Sports activities’ Peter King on “Soccer Morning in America,” Buccaneers GM Jason Licht mentioned Brady had a brand new jersey quantity in thoughts if issues did not work out.
“After we talked and we knew [Brady was going to sign], I mentioned, ‘Hey, there’s one different factor right here. It is a small factor, however possibly an enormous factor. We’ve got a No. 12 on our group and he is fairly good — Chris Godwin. What are you fascinated with that?'” Licht mentioned, recalling his dialog with Brady. “He mentioned, ‘Oh, he is an excellent participant. I am not going to take his quantity. You understand what quantity I am considering of? I am considering of taking possibly No. 7. Is that accessible?'”
When Licht requested Brady why he wished to choose No. 7 he responded, “Go after that seventh Tremendous Bowl.”
Licht mentioned the 2 of them ultimately labored issues out.
Prior to now, gamers sometimes charge other players for taking their jersey numbers. However Godwin mentioned on the time of the change that no transaction had taken place.
“Clearly, if he does not need it, or if he is not making an enormous deal out of it, I am undoubtedly going to maintain it. We’ll see how that goes,” Godwin mentioned in March. “I believe simply out of respect for what he is completed, what he is completed, simply type of the profession he is constructed for himself, it’s a must to lean into that respect.”
Licht instructed King he thought it was a cool second by Brady to be keen to half with the quantity he is had his complete profession.
“I assumed that was fairly cool. He is obtained the TB12 model and all of that,” Licht mentioned.
Ultimately, Brady clearly retained 12. However it will have been fascinating to see him fully change issues up in his transfer to Tampa Bay.