What’s in a number? For athletes, it’s comfort, connection and clout

Tom Brady (12) of the New England Patriots looks on before the game against the Buffalo Bil at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 21, 2019 in Foxborough, Mass. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/TNS)

TAMPA, Fla. — The way Bucs general manager Jason Licht explains it, Tom Brady never formally asked for the No. 12 that he had worn his entire career in New England when he joined the Bucs.