New England Patriots

TAMPA, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 02: Chris Godwin #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers catches a touchdown pass thrown by Jameis Winston #3 during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium on December 02, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Will Vragovic/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

Finally, mercifully, our long national nightmare is over. It felt like an eternity, but now the sports world is back to normal.

Tom Brady is still going to wear No. 12.

Sorry. I know you might not want to hear it. But surely there are still a lot of you out there who are rooting for Brady to have success with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It wouldn’t have felt right, however, unless he was able to get No. 12 off Chris Godwin’s hands. Balance has been restored, as Godwin switched to No. 14 and gave Brady 12 for nothing in return, out of sheer respect.

Godwin previewed how the pair might look while celebrating in a new Instagram post. Considering Godwin’s sure-handed toughness over the middle of the field, there’s a chance that Brady and Godwin form a deadly pairing in Tampa. Take the over on Godwin’s reception total.

New number, same mentality ! ???? #ItsAlways12szn #1fo

4,004 Likes, 175 Comments - G Baby (@chrisgodwin) on Instagram: "New number, same mentality ! ???? #ItsAlways12szn #1fo"

Brady, always relentlessly humble despite clearly being the greatest football player to walk this earth, expressed gratitude to his new teammate.

It’s going to be weird for a long time for Patriots fans to watch Brady play in another uniform. And we may be divided as far as how much we’re going to root for him despite playing in the NFC. But at least he’ll be doing it in his same usual number. Disaster averted.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at