Bucs wide receiver Chris Godwin had his best season through his three-year NFL career and has been rewarded by making the first Pro Bowl of his career. Despite being second amongst NFL receivers in receiving yards and touchdowns, Godwin was just seventh in the NFC fan voting among wide receivers and his selection the Pro Bowl was in question before the rosters came out.
The Bucs’ teammates joining Godwin on the 2020 Pro Bowl roster is another first time selection in outside linebacker Shaq Barrett along with fellow wide receiver Mike Evans. Godwin and Evans become the first wide receiver duo to make the Pro Bowl together since Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin of the Arizona Cardinals in 2009.
Godwin’s breakout season saw him reach career bests in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. Through 14 games, Godwin had 86 receptions for 1,333 and nine touchdowns on the season. His yards and touchdowns were second in the NFL, while the number of receptions ranked him at six. Godwin is the Bucs’ leader in all three of those statistical categories as he and teammate Evans formed a dynamic duo in the Bucs passing game.
Aside from the season long accomplishments, Godwin also reached a career best 184 receiving yards in Week 12, and had three straight games of at least 125 receiving yards or from Weeks 4-6. Godwin’s six games of eclipsing over 100 yards was another career high, along with his 15.5 yards per reception.
Godwin was carted off the field in the third quarter of the Bucs’ 38-17 win over the Lions with a hamstring injury and it is unknown yet if he will play again this season.
Players for the Pro Bowl are determined by the votes of fans, players and coaches with each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the entire roster.
Given the amount of success that Godwin has this season with new coach Bruce Arians and the amount of attention he received from local and national media, this could be the first of many Pro Bowls for Godwin.
Through the Bucs official website, Godwin gave his thoughts on making his first Pro Bowl.
“Getting named to my first career Pro Bowl is such a blessing. This is a special moment, and while I’ve worked hard to get to where I am in my career, I wouldn’t have been able to do this without my teammates and coaches. I’ve had the chance to play alongside some of the best in the NFL, including Mike Evans, and sharing the honor with Mike makes it even better. I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity.”