Chris Godwin trolls Cowboys fans with pregame attire before Wild Card clash
By Jerry Trotta
Kickoff is nearly an hour away, and Dallas Cowboys fans are feeling a mixture of excitement and downright horror. That’ll happen when your team is favored and the better squad, but is also about to face the greatest quarterback of all time in Tom Brady and hasn’t won a road playoff game in 30 years.
Despite being underdogs, the Buccaneers have talked a big game in the build-up to Monday night. First, Mike Evans referred to the Cowboys as a “simple team. Here’s the full quote from the four-time Pro Bowl receiver.
“Well, they’re a team that’s simple,” Evans told reporters. “They’re a good team, but they’re simple. They don’t run anything really exotic, or defensively and offensively.
Nothing wrong with a little trash talk leading up to a playoff game, but why give the opposition bulletin board material days before kickoff? You have to think Dallas players have the receipts and will let Evans hear it if they win.
As it turns out, Evans’ diss motivated Godwin to join in on trolling the Cowboys. Check out what Godwin was wearing as he arrived at Raymond James Stadium.
Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin trolled the Cowboys by rocking a Dwayne Wade jersey before Monday night’s Wild Card game.
Oh, so it’s like that now, huh?
Why is Godwin wearing a 2006 Dwayne Wade jersey so significant? Wade’s Miami Heat defeated the Dallas Mavericks in the 2006 NBA Finals.
It’s not as black and white as that, though.
Already underdogs, the Heat overcame a 0-2 series deficit to win the title. In doing so, they became the third team to win a championship after trailing 0-2.
Wade was named Finals MVP after averaging 34.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game while shooting 46.8% from the floor. Simply put, Wade was not a popular man in Dallas after this series. It didn’t help matters that his 95 (!) free throw attempts nearly doubled the highest Maverick; Dirk Nowitzki attempted 55.
The Mavericks ultimately got the last laugh in 2011 when they topped the Heat’s superteam led by Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh in the Finals, but fans in Dallas won’t soon forget what happened in 2006. Godwin knew exactly what he was doing wearing Wade’s No. 3 jersey for this game.
If nothing else, Godwin’s choice of pregame attire adds another layer of intrigue to what could go down as the most viewed non-Super Bowl playoff game in NFL history.
While Mike McCarthy’s motivational tactic raised some eyebrows, it speaks volumes his Cowboys were buttoned up all week leading up to Monday night. For whatever reason, Todd Bowles didn’t relay the same message to his locker room.
May the best team win.