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Tom Brady almost changed jersey numbers for a clever reason when joining the Buccaneers

Tom Brady didn't ask Chris Godwin to change his jersey number, but Godwin did so anyway. Stacy Revere/Getty Images

TB12 was almost not No. 12 in Tampa Bay.

When Tom Brady signed with the Buccaneers last offseason, everything about the situation looked promising. Brady signed a two-year contract, with all $50 million of it being guaranteed. He had a pair of top wide receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin awaiting his arrival. And he was able to bring along old friend Rob Gronkowski, who had retired from football a year prior.

There was only one issue: Godwin already wore No. 12.

In an interview on the “Peter King Podcast,” Buccaneers’ general manager Jason Licht shared that he told Brady during negotiations that the legendary TB12 might have to change numbers.


“I said, ‘Hey, there’s one other thing. It’s a small thing, but maybe a big thing. We have a number 12 on our team and he’s pretty good, Chris Godwin. What are you thinking about that?'” Licht recapped. “Tom said, ‘Oh, he’s a great player. I’m not going to take his number.'”

Instead, Brady had a clever idea for a new number.

“You know what number I’m thinking of? I’m thinking of taking maybe No. 7,” Licht recalled Brady saying. “‘Is that available?’ he goes. I said, ‘Yeah, I think it is. Why seven?’ He goes, ‘Go after that seventh Super Bowl. That’s pretty cool.’”


In the end, Brady didn’t have to change his number. Godwin switched from 12 to 14 not long after Brady signed with the Buccaneers.

Brady has a chance to win his seventh Super Bowl on Feb. 7 when he and the Buccaneers take on the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.

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