Chris Godwin is an American soccer player who started as a wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was ranked 84th in the third round of the Bucs’ National Football League 2017, NFL draft. He also played college football for the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Rod Christopher Godwin was born on February 27, 1996, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After enrolling at Middletown High School in Delaware, he began to take an interest in and actively participate in football. In high school, he was an important member, responsible for a 41-7 record in his four years. He participated in two state championships, scoring over 700 yards each year and scoring 1,150 yards and 16 touchdowns in his senior year.
Godwin graduated from high school with several awards, including Delaware Gatorade Player of the Year 2013. In his second year, he was named All-State Player; four-time All-Conference Kick-Returner and Wide Receiver; he was a member of the Honor Roll and All-State Academic Selection. He has been recognized by Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN as a top player in Delaware and has been awarded four stars by major recruiting services.
Chris Godwin’s NFL Career
Godwin decided to give up his last year at Pennsylvania State University to join the 2017 NFL Draft. In his first year of study, he scored 338 yards in all thirteen games at 26 receptions. In his second year, he improved with 1,101 yards and five touchdowns in five games. However, he had a few rough games in his junior year until he scored a 117-yard touchdown in week four against the Temple Owls. On the occasion of his retirement as Nittany Lion, he scored a career highlight in the Rose Bowl loss to USC in 2016 with 187 yards, nine catches, and two touchdowns.
He distinguished himself as one of the best receiving corps in the 2017 NFL Combine, having one of the best vertical jumps and 40 yards jump time among the wide receivers. During the week-long showcase, Godwin became the top performer in both 20-yard shuttles with 4 flat and bench presses with 19 reps and was interviewed by several teams until the Buccaneers voted him into the third round (84th in total) of the draft.
He made his NFL debut with a 29-7 win over the Chicago Bears on September 17 when he grabbed his first professional passes. In the third week of the game against the Bucs, in a match against the Minnesota Vikings, Godwin recorded his first three professional passes in a total of 44 yards. In the first eight weeks of 2017, he scored only seven receptions on ten goals, but his workload accelerated in the last eight weeks. On November 12, he ran 68 yards in 5 receptions in the victory over the New York Jet.
During the season with Bucs, Godwin played a total of 16 games, ran 525 yards in 34 receptions, 1 touchdown, and scored two wins with the team. He was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week in the 2017 season finale after he caught nine passes for 111 yards and a touchdown in a 31-24 win over the New Orleans Saints.
Height, Weight, Body Stats
Arm Length: 31 5/8″
Hands: 9 1/8″
Overview: The Bucs’ decision for the third-round draft at Penn State is known for saving his best performances of his career for bowling games. The first was as a rookie in the Pinstripe Bowl, followed by the TaxSlayer.com Bowl 2015 and his last college game in the Rose Bowl.
Chris Godwin’s Girlfriend
Godwin’s girlfriend Mariah DelPercio is a fitness guru; she is a certified personal trainer and the daughter of former Middletown trainer Mark DelPercio. It’s not clear when they started dating, but they have been together for eight years and the trend is upwards. The couple has been seen together on several occasions, mainly in the gym and on the court. As an expert trainer, Maria seems to be the perfect complement and motivation for Godwin. Even coaches believe that she will give him the upper hand in his career.
In one of her Instagram posts, Maria described Godwin as a likable and sincere man who makes a good impression wherever he goes.
In 2017, the duo launched a fundraising campaign to help families affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida. While the hurricanes did not damage the homes of Godwin and Mariah, others were not so lucky. Speaking about his intentions to make his home available to society, Chris Godwin said his fame enabled him to reach a wider audience and give the families affected by the catastrophic event the attention they needed.