Tampa Bay Hall of Famer Warren Sapp and two-time Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy debuted the new Buccaneers helmet and logo on NFL Network on Thursday night. The helmet remains pewter, but features a bigger, modernized red flag with skull, football and crossed swords.
The Buccaneers had a mix of old and new stars in defensive tackles Warren Sapp, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and Gerald McCoy, a two-time Pro Bowler and All Pro in 2013, debut the team's new helmet and logo on Thursday. How fitting as the team's updated helmet and logo is a mix of the franchise's old look from its Super Bowl glory days and newer look that debuted Thursday.
The Bucs have kept the red flag, but modernized it and made it bigger. The skull looks more menacing and the flag takes up most of the pewter helmet. The helmet also features a chrome facemask, which was leaked out by Sapp
earlier in the week on his Twitter account when he said #ChromeGrill.
"You absolutely need a little bling in your life," Sapp said when discussing the facemask.
"It's a more vibrant red, but more importantly, we want everybody to know the Bucs are coming," McCoy said. "Look how big this flag is."
"And a little bit more menacing skull," Sapp added. "The old one didn't look like a skull, but this one does. Look at it spread across all that pewter! Oh, that's fine! Goodness! The new pirate flag and the new ship – it gives me goosebumps! I love this new look!"
"Awesome!" McCoy said. "It's very unique to the Bucs. Nobody else is going to have this chrome grill. Nobody else."
The enhanced logo still features the team’s iconic, windswept red battle flag, while sporting a more menacing skull positioned over crossed swords and a football. The helmet retains its trademark pewter color and includes a larger logo on each side along with a new chrome facemask. Another element unique to the Buccaneers will be a hand-painted shading technique using a darker pewter color that runs vertically from the front helmet to the crown and along the earholes, providing a customized look and feel. The team’s full uniform ensemble will be revealed at an introductory press conference held at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, March 5, beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET. New merchandise will be available to the general public in the coming weeks following an exclusive pre-order window for Buccaneers season pass members. Additional details regarding merchandise availability will be provided during the introductory press conference on March 5.
"This is an exciting day for the entire Buccaneers organization as we begin the process of introducing our new look by revealing an enhanced logo and new helmet design," said Buccaneers co-chairman Edward Glazer. "The enhanced logo is much larger and portrays a more intimidating presence, while the chrome facemask is the first used by an NFL team. This is the first alteration to our logo and helmet since the previous re-design 17 years ago and we believe it sets the stage for our transition into this new, exciting era of Buccaneers football."
The Buccaneers franchise debuted with orange, white and red uniforms in 1976 and wore those colors until April 1997 when Tampa Bay underwent a radical change. The Bucs debuted new helmets, uniforms and a brand new logo that featured a skull, a football, crossed swords and red flag and sword. The Bucs also introduced pewter as a unique, primary team color that year to go along with red, white, black and a hint of orange.
Last year, the Bucs were unable to participate in a throwback game because a new league policy mandated that NFL players wear the same helmet throughout the entire season due to concussion litigation. From 2009-2012, Tampa Bay wore its old orange and white Bucco Bruce uniforms and helmets, but couldn't do that in 2013 because of the team's pewter helmets. A white helmet would have enabled to the team to seamlessly transition from the current look to the old Bucco Bruce look and allow the throwback game opportunities to once again take place. Now future throwback games with the old Bucco Bruce logo continue to remain in doubt.
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