TAMPA — Chris Godwin experienced really a year. He turned teammates with Tom Brady, won a Super Bowl with the Bucs, earned a new contract as the team’s franchise participant and married his finest friend, Mariah DelPercio.

Godwin, 25, credits his constructive perspective for considerably of his accomplishment. Surely, he has exceeded anticipations as a third-round decide on from Penn State in 2017.

Godwin is the guest host for Peter King’s Soccer Early morning in The usa column in which he talks about expanding up in Delaware how the to start with youth soccer group (also the Bucs) he performed on in 2002 occurred in the similar 12 months his long term NFL team received the Tremendous Bowl and his marriage with quarterback Tom Brady.

Like several NFL admirers, Godwin heard that Brady was leaving the Patriots just after 20 seasons but couldn’t consider he signed with Tampa Bay. Then he gained a text concept the from long term Corridor of Famer.

“He claimed congrats on your engagement,” Godwin linked. “I experienced just gotten engaged. And the best player of all time is DMing me wishing me superior luck with my engagement and declaring he’s psyched to perform with me! That was just surprising to me. I get drafted by Tampa, under no circumstances contemplating I’d ever have a opportunity to perform with Tom Brady, and now, in the primary of my occupation, he’s gonna be my quarterback.”

Godwin’s story is inspiring and you understand how he became one particular of the most bodily receivers in the NFL.

But the point that he turned a huge Bucs admirer as a kid is a single of the superior tales in the column. Due to the fact of excess weight limitations in youth football, and because he was tall for his age, the only position he could play initially was lineman or linebacker.

“My overall sport was centered on the physicality of football. I beloved staying bodily,” Godwin explained. “Everybody needs to have the ball in their hands, but these initially several many years for me, it was all about the crew. All about winning. The physicality, the successful, that’s what definitely sparked the adore of the match for me. Not scoring, not the offensive glory. I feel that was actually excellent for me, for the reason that because then, soccer for me has been about the team and the profitable — not about the stats.

“In that first calendar year, I was put on a workforce identified as the Bucs. I did not know just about anything other than I was on the Bucs, and I beloved soccer. That was ideal close to the time that I started out to shell out awareness to what the NFL was. I turned a Bucs lover. And it was in that identical calendar year that the Bucs received their first Super Bowl. That’s the very first Super Bowl I watched. What do I keep in mind about it? I was captivated. There is Derrick Brooks, John Lynch, Mike Alstott, Jon Gruden — that’s my workforce! They played wonderful and received the recreation, and then I was truly a Bucs supporter.”

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