In an interview with Bleacher Report's Taylor Rooks, the ex-Penn State star praised the ex-New England Patriots quarterback, calling the six-time Super Bowl winner and three-time NFL MVP "the GOAT":
"Obviously it's a very important number. But, I mean, at the end of the day, it's like, if Tom wants it, you know, I kinda gotta defer to that, you know? He's, he's the GOAT, you know? He's so accomplished. He got, like, the big brand and, you know, just me as, like, a guy that's still tryna to establish himself, I feel like, just out of respect, you know, I've gotta defer that to him.
"But if he don't want it, then by all means, I'mma keep it."
Godwin, 24, enjoyed a breakout 2019 season with 86 receptions, 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns. He's worn No. 12 for Middletown High School in Middletown, Delaware, as well as for Penn State University.
Brady wore No. 12 at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, California, and at Michigan before moving on to the Patriots, for whom he played 20 years before signing a two-year contract with Tampa Bay.
The number will be the least of the teammates' concerns as they look to guide Tampa Bay back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2007 season. The pieces are in place for a deep run with Brady, Godwin and wideout Mike Evans forming one of the deadliest passing trios in the league on paper.
The defense is stout as well and led by linebacker Devin White and edge-rushers Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaquil Barrett.
Godwin may wear a different number, but he has the potential to become an All-Pro no matter what is on his jersey.