Bucs wide receiver Chris Godwin was the guest author for this week for Peter King’s Football Morning In America column for NBC Sports. Godwin revealed a lot of behind-the-scenes information about his football career, his biggest games and of course, Tom Brady.

The message Godwin conveyed in the well-written column was to be grateful and approach life with a positive attitude. Godwin’s story starts in little league football where his size limited him to playing offensive line and linebacker the first three years because he was too big to play wide receiver.

That experience in little league football also started his love and admiration for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Former Bucs head coach Jon Gruden and owner Malcom Glazer

Former Bucs head coach Jon Gruden and owner Malcom Glazer – Photo by: USA Today

In that first year, I was put on a team called the Bucs. I didn’t know anything except I was on the Bucs, and I loved football. That was right around the time that I started to pay attention to what the NFL was. I became a Bucs fan. And it was in that same year that the Bucs won their first Super Bowl. That’s the first Super Bowl I watched. What do I remember about it? I was captivated. There’s Derrick Brooks, John Lynch, Mike Alstott, Jon Gruden—that’s my team! They played great and won the game, and then I was really a Bucs fan.

Watching the game in my house in Delaware that day, it looked so awesome. I thought, “These guys are doing exactly what I do, but they’re bigger and they get paid for it and it’s on TV. Man, I want to do that!” 

Godwin was shocked by the irony of being drafted by the Buccaneers after his junior season at Penn State.

Then the phone rings. I see the Tampa area code: 813. I’m thinking, “No way. The Bucs! It’s coming full circle!” I mean, I had absolutely no idea Tampa Bay would draft me. So I went to the team that was my first team as a kid, the team that helped me fall in love with football.

Godwin was given the franchise tag this offseason but didn’t spend any time in his column addressing money or his contract situation. Instead, the team-first receiver recalled the first interaction he had with new Brady in March 2020 after he signed with Tampa Bay when Brady slid into Godwin’s DMs on Instagram.

I had just gotten engaged. And the greatest player of all time is DM-ing me wishing me good luck with my engagement and saying he’s excited to play with me! That was just shocking to me. I get drafted by Tampa, never thinking I’d ever have a chance to play with Tom Brady, and now, in the prime of my career, he’s gonna be my quarterback.

Godwin detailed his most important play of the season – which wasn’t even a catch. Earlier in the playoffs Godwin had dropped four passes in a victory over Washington, but at Green Bay he came huge with five catches for 110 yards. And when the game was on the line, it was Godwin who got the ball. Although that opportunity came in a strange and different way.

This was our 19th game of the season. I had not run the ball once. We were trying to run out the clock with a 31-26 lead at the Green Bay 43-yard line. Third-and-five. We had a five-wide personnel grouping on the field. I said to Mike Evans: “Mike, what are we doing? We got no running back on the field!” We cannot throw this ball. It’s insane to throw it. An incomplete pass would stop the clock, and we’d have to punt back to Aaron Rodgers.

Bucs WR Chris Godwin

Bucs WR Chris Godwin – Photo by: USA Today

So the play-call came in, and it was a play we hadn’t run in a game . . . a two-point conversion play. I would never have thought they’d try it with five yards to get, at a crucial point of the championship game. But the call was a toss-pitch to me. So let’s go.

I went in motion. Everything felt normal. But when Tom tossed me the ball, everything was in slow motion. Once I caught it, I looked and . . . you know how the first-down marker’s a yellow line on TV? I was seeing the yellow line on the field of where I needed to get to. It was like this weird phenomenon of being in slow motion, seeing the graphic on TV, like the yellow line, and then moving in slow motion. Then I took a couple steps and I finally reached the first down. We needed five yards. I got six.

I had this rush of emotion of like, “Oh my God, we’re going to the Super Bowl. Nothing they can do about it.” From what I had been through—not only the entire year but specifically through the postseason and those struggles—it was so incredible for my coaching staff to have the faith in me in that moment. They put the ball in my hands to send us to the Super Bowl. It was surreal for me. Then we won the Super Bowl, and there’s nothing more surreal than that.

Click here to read Godwin’s entire Football Morning In America guest column.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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BucLife
1 month ago

I didn’t know Godwin was a Bucs fan growing up. That makes him even more likeable.
The play he talked about was a very underrated one last season in my opinion but also one of my favourites. For me that play created the realisation of “we are going to the super bowl, holy shit, they did it.” I think I was more excited about that play than any other single play.

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  BucLife
1 month ago

Godwin showed a ton of resilience in the playoffs. His drops were frustrating, but he’s an elite football player in every sense of the word, and players like that always come up big when you need them. Evans is the same way. In the Super bowl, he drew PI calls that got Tampa big time yardage. He only had 32 yards reciveing, something like that, but if you add in his pi yards, he’s close to 100 yards. Evans and Godwin remind me so much of bolden and Fitzgerald. They are big receivers that can stretch the field and create… Read more »

TBChucky
1 month ago

Hopefully he’ll decide to keep being a Buc in the years to come..

Captain Sly
1 month ago

The Irony! How can anyone not like Chris Godwin after reading that… Funny part about the story was when Tom Brady slide into Godwin’s DM Lol. Yeah “hi Chris it’s TB12 you know me The GOAT, ahem about that number #12 Jersey thing, Yeah that’s Mine!

Runole
1 month ago

I can remember when Godwin was drafted of all the receivers drafted was the only one that had played and knew all 3 route trees for the three wr positions. Amazing he lasted until the 3rd round. Bucs struck gold with that pick.

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  Runole
1 month ago

We all had a feeling he was a home run and was baffled he wasn’t drafted in the first. Godwin would literally out run 1st run caliber CBs in college and made them look 2nd rate.

ScottC543
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
1 month ago

Yeah, all the talk was about Adoree Jackson. Godwin ate his lunch in the Rose Bowl and came back for seconds. Godwin’s highlite tape from college clearly showed elite receiver talent. There are apparently a lot of crappy GMs and talent evaluators in the league to allow him to fall to us in the third round.

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Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  ScottC543
1 month ago

More like they didn’t look at his Godwin’s film. Godwn’s measurables were very respectable and high for a prospect entering the draft. The film just reinforced that. To me it says that a lot of NFL GMs are full of BS when they say they watched film on a lot of prospects. More like they watch film on select prospects they liked before even seeing the film.

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tiapanda
Reply to  Runole
1 month ago

There’s a youtube video of a Rams fan having an epic draft day meltdown when the Rams took Cooper Kupp in the 2nd round instead of Chris Godwin, citing all of Godwin’s superior SPARQ scores. Kupp turned out to be pretty good but he’s no Godwin.

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  tiapanda
1 month ago

Godwin had the measurables coming out of college. But the tape he put up was very extra ordinary for a collegiate prospect.

Alldaway 2.0
1 month ago

A great story for sure and Godwin is so young he hasn’t even come close to his potential.

ScottC543
1 month ago

As a Bucs fan, how can you not love this guy?

danielob
1 month ago

Great article by Chris, what a quality human being he is, we are lucky to have him on our team. Keep up the good work, Chris, glad to have you here, many more championships to come!

Horse
1 month ago

I loved that call!

FLBoy84
1 month ago

He did a great job on the writing assignment, the full piece is worth the read.

PissedOffBuc1988
1 month ago

Drdneast, you’ve earned my respect after your post about Ledyards take on voughn. Although you can be unfairly critical of certain players like Trask who haven’t taken an nfk snap, I do believe you can make great points when given further evaluations of a player. That’s evident with voughn. That being said, Tampa needs to hold onto both Evans and Godwin until they are retired. Godwin is an elite player and even if Trask is no more than a “brad johnson”, he will be a brad johnson type qb with elite talent around him. Keep that tandem here and don’t… Read more »

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bucballer
1 month ago

Godwin is talented and grounded. A pros pro if u will. Great attitude and seems to understand the game. We r so fortunate to have Godwin and Edwards on the outside. What a tandem. And respectful of each other’s talent. Sometimes that can be a problem. Show me a better tandem?! Hope we can keep Godwin around for years to come.

toofamiliar17
Reply to  bucballer
1 month ago

The only top 2 WRs I’d take over them in the league is AJ Brown + Julio. And Julio may soon be aging to the point that that’s not the case. But I LOVE those two. I also really like the Seahawks with Metcalf and Lockett, but I’d take our big two over them. Jefferson + Thielen could maybe take a spot ahead of us if Jefferson keeps up what he did in 2020, but Thielen is 31 this year and hasn’t had a 1,000 yard season since 2018, so he would also need to have a big year for… Read more »

Mark Alsott
1 month ago

I am so proud to have this man represent my team! A true professional, and a truly good person.

Dave
1 month ago

Love this dude! He is the epitome of everything you’d ever want in an elite WR. And out of all the predictions I’ve ever made…this is the one I was the most right on. Everything about this dude screamed elite WR. Roasted the best DB’s at Penn St. still produced at an elite level with a mediocre passing offense, at best. It baffled me when he was drafted, and it still baffles me now, that he fell to the 3rd round. I think it was because he wasn’t 6’5, didn’t run a 4.3, and wasn’t a diva. He was very… Read more »

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