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Tampa Bay Bucs WR Chris Godwin gives up #12 out of respect for Tom Brady

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Posted at 2:31 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 14:31:56-04

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin is giving up his #12 out of respect for future Hall-of-Fame QB Tom Brady.

Godwin has worn number 12 since joining the Buccaneers in 2017 and offered it to Brady, who gratefully accepted.

Godwin, who is coming off his first Pro Bowl campaign, will switch to jersey number 14.

He reportedly said there was no transaction involved, and that he just gave Brady the number out of respect.

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The Buccaneers did already have a player listed as 14 on the 2020 roster, but the team said first-year man John Franklin only wore that number for the 2019 season finale because the team planned to use him on offense. As a cornerback on the practice squad for the previous six weeks, he had worn number 43.

Now that the number situation is resolved, the Bucs can fully look forward to the 2020-21 season...assuming coronavirus has died down by then.