In 1997, after a 15-year playoff drought, the Buccaneers went with a radical new uniform design, saying goodbye to the orange and white, and trading in a winking Bucco Bruce for a skull and sword logo and red and pewter colors.
On Tuesday morning former Bucs great Warren Sapp, who wore both the old and new uniforms during his career, revealed the Buccaneers would have a new helmet design along with an updated logo.
The buzz spread like a wildfire through talk radio and internet message boards with people speculating on exactly what the new design may look like. Sapp later tweeted a hint, stating the helmets would have a chrome grill (facemask) and also hashtagged #fire in his tweet.
Going back to a base white helmet may be a possibility with the new design, as the Buccaneers had to cancel the throwback game last October due to concerns about the safety of the helmets that had to be fitted at the beginning of the season in accordance with new safety standards mandated by the league due to the concussion issue.
How radical the change will be is still anyone’s guess as it could be as subtle as the Miami Dolphins logo design and minor color tweaks last year, or as full-blown a change as back in 1997 when the Buccaneers said goodbye to the creamsicles uniforms Tampa Bay had worn since their inception in 1976.
And also worth noting, in the first year of the change of uniform design back in 1997 the Buccaneers went to the playoffs for the first time since 1982, defeating the Detroit Lions in the last game ever at the old Tampa (Houlihan’s) Stadium. Are the Glazers hoping history repeats itself?
The unveiling of the the new helmet design and logo will be carried live Thursday on the NFL Network with two-time Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy joining Hall of Famer Sapp on the broadcast.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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