Chris Godwin

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Chris Godwin
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Godwin with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020
No. 14 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1996-02-27) February 27, 1996 (age 25)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Middletown (DE)
College:Penn State
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 3 / Pick: 84
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2020
Receptions:244
Receiving yards:3,540
Receiving touchdowns:24
Player stats at NFL.com

Rod Christopher "Chris" Godwin Jr. (born February 27, 1996) is an American football wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Penn State and was drafted by the Buccaneers in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Godwin won his first Super Bowl championship on February 7, 2021, in a 31–9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Early years[edit]

Godwin attended Middletown High School in Middletown, Delaware.[3] He played high school football for the Cavaliers and was a key member responsible for a 41–7 record over his four years and two State Championships.[4] He had more than 700 yards every year of his high school career and as a senior had 1,150 yards and 16 receiving touchdowns. Some of Godwin's honors in high school were the following, Delaware Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior, was selected to play in the 2013 Under Armour All-American Game, named All-state as a sophomore, junior and senior and four time All-conference wide receiver and kick returner.[4] Academic All-State selection and a member of the Honor Roll. Rated a four-star prospect by all four major recruiting services and was named the top player in Delaware by ESPN, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com and was among the top 30 players nationally at wide receiver, receiving the distinction from ESPN, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com.[5]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Chris Godwin
WR
Middletown, Delaware Middletown HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 203 lb (92 kg) 4.48 Apr 23, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN grade: 83
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2013 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

College career[edit]

Godwin in 2016

In Godwin's freshman year, he appeared in all thirteen games for the Nittany Lions, recording 338 yards on 26 receptions.[6] However, Godwin emerged as a leading wide receiver during his sophomore campaign, racking up 1,101 yards and five touchdowns.[7] Over the course of his sophomore season, Godwin had at least 100 yards receiving in five games, culminating in a 133-yard effort during the TaxSlayer Bowl against Georgia.[8]

Following his breakout sophomore season, Godwin began receiving double coverage from opposing defenses. After struggling to find his stride at the start of his junior season, Godwin finished with 117 yards receiving and a touchdown against the Temple Owls.[9] In what proved to be his final game as a Nittany Lion, Godwin recorded a career-high 187 yards on nine catches and scored two touchdowns in a thrilling Rose Bowl loss to USC.[10] Later that month Godwin announced he was going to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.[11]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team G Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2014 Penn State 13 26 338 13.0 72T 2
2015 Penn State 13 69 1,101 16.0 56 5
2016 Penn State 14 59 982 16.6 72T 11
Career 40 154 2,421 15.8 72T 18

Reference[12]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
209 lb
(95 kg)
31+58 in
(0.80 m)
9+18 in
(0.23 m)
4.42 s 1.65 s 2.75 s 4.00 s 7.01 s 36.0 in
(0.91 m)
10 ft 6 in
(3.20 m)
19 reps
All values from NFL Combine[13]

On January 5, 2017 Godwin announced via his Twitter that he decided to enter the 2017 NFL Draft foregoing his final year of eligibility at Penn State.[14]

In March 2017, Godwin performed well at the 2017 NFL Combine, having one of the top vertical jumps and 40-yard dash time among Wide Receivers. Additionally, he was the top performer in both the bench press with 19 reps and 20-yard shuttle with 4 flat.[15] Due to his success at the combine, he was interviewed there by multiple teams including the Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers, among others.[16]

2017 season: Rookie year[edit]

Godwin was selected by the Buccaneers in the third round with the 84th overall pick in the draft.[17] During Week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings, he had his first three career receptions, which went for 44 yards in the 34–17 loss.[18] Due to the likes of DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans, in the first eight weeks of 2017, Godwin had just seven receptions on ten targets. However, his workload picked up in the final eight weeks. During Week 10, he had 68 yards on five receptions in a win 15–10 against the New York Jets and in Week 14, he had the same numbers in a 24–21 loss to the Detroit Lions.[19][20] In the regular season finale against the New Orleans Saints, Godwin caught nine passes for 111 yards and a touchdown as the Buccaneers won 31–24, earning him NFC Offensive Player of the Week.[21]

Godwin finished his rookie year with 34 receptions for 525 yards and one touchdown.[22]

2018 season[edit]

Godwin in 2019

Godwin started the 2018 season off strong with a receiving touchdown in the first three games of the season against the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, and Pittsburgh Steelers.[23][24][25] During Week 10 against the Washington Redskins, he had seven receptions for 103 yards in a 16–3 loss.[26] In Week 13, he had five receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown in a 24–17 victory over the Carolina Panthers.[27] He closed out the regular season strong with six receptions for 114 receiving yards and two touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 17.[28]

Godwin finished his second season with 59 receptions for 842 yards and seven touchdowns.[29]

2019 season[edit]

In the season-opener against the San Francisco 49ers, Godwin caught three passes for 53 yards and a touchdown in the 31–17 loss.[30] In the next game against the Carolina Panthers, he caught eight passes for 121 yards and a touchdown in the 20–14 road victory.[31] Two weeks later against the Los Angeles Rams, he recorded a career-high 12 catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns as the Buccaneers defeated the Rams on the road 55–40.[32] Godwin followed up his big performance in the next game against the New Orleans Saints, catching seven passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns in a 31–24 road loss.[33] In the next game against the Panthers in London, he caught ten passes for 151 yards in the 37–26 loss.[34] During Week 12 against the Atlanta Falcons, Godwin recorded a career long 71-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Jameis Winston in route to a career-best 184 yards and two touchdowns in a 35–22 road victory. With that performance, Godwin recorded his first season with at least 1,000 receiving yards.[35] Godwin was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week due to his spectacular performance.[36] In Week 15, during a 38–17 win against the Detroit Lions, Godwin caught five passes for 121 yards but injured his hamstring during the third quarter and left the game.[37][38] On December 17, 2019, Godwin was selected to the 2020 Pro Bowl, the first of his career.[39]

Godwin finished his third season setting new career highs in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns with 86 receptions for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns.[40]

2020 season[edit]

For the 2020 season, Godwin gave up his jersey number 12 to new teammate Tom Brady and switched to number 14.[41]

In Week 1, during a 34–23 loss to the New Orleans Saints, Godwin recorded six receptions for 79 yards but suffered a concussion from a hit by safety D.J. Swearinger which forced him to exit the game and miss the following week.[42][43] Godwin returned in Week 3 during a 28–10 road victory over the Denver Broncos in which he recorded five receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown, his first from new Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. However, Godwin would leave the game prematurely due to suffering a hamstring injury.[44] He ended up missing the next two games. During a Week 8 45-20 road victory over the Las Vegas Raiders, Godwin recorded nine catches for 88 yards and a touchdown but suffered a fracture to his left index finger while making the touchdown catch.[45] He underwent surgery two days later and would miss the next game.[46] In Week 12, Godwin hauled in 8 of 9 targets for 97 yards as the Buccaneers narrowly lost, 27-24, to their eventual Super Bowl opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs. In a Week 16 47–7 road victory over the Detroit Lions, Godwin recorded five catches for 84 yards and a touchdown.[47] In Week 17 during the regular season finale against the Falcons, Godwin recorded five catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns in a 44–27 win.[48]

Godwin finished the 2020 regular season with 65 receptions for 840 yards and seven touchdowns.[49]

2020 postseason[edit]

In the Wild Card Round of the 2020–21 NFL playoffs against the Washington Football Team, Godwin recorded five catches for 79 yards and his first playoff touchdown during the 31–23 road victory.[50] During the Divisional Round against the Saints, Godwin was held to four catches for 34 yards in a 30–20 road victory.[51] In the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers, Godwin recorded five catches for 110 yards as the Buccaneers defeated the Packers on the road 31–26 to advance to Super Bowl LV, where Tampa Bay defeated the Chiefs 31–9 to give Godwin his first Super Bowl ring.[52] In that game, he recorded two catches for nine yards.[53][54]

2021 season[edit]

On March 9, 2021, the Buccaneers placed the franchise tag (worth $15.9 million) on Godwin, which he signed on March 18.[55][56]

NFL career statistics[edit]

Legend
Won the Super Bowl
Bold Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2017 TB 16 2 34 525 15.4 70 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2018 TB 16 5 59 843 14.3 48 7 0 0 0.0 0 0 4 1
2019 TB 14 14 86 1,333 15.5 71T 9 1 8 8.0 8 0 0 0
2020 TB 12 12 65 840 12.9 47 7 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0
Career 58 33 244 3,540 14.5 71T 24 1 8 8.0 8 0 5 1

Postseason[edit]

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2020 TB 4 4 16 232 14.5 52 1 1 6 6.0 6 0 0 0
Career 4 4 16 232 14.5 52 1 1 6 6.0 6 0 0 0

Personal life[edit]

In 2019, Chris Godwin and his wife (then fiancée) Mariah DelPercio launched their Team Godwin Foundation, which aims to make an impact for pets in need by providing financial assistance to local shelter and rescue groups.[57]

Notes[edit]

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