Since they were first revealed prior to the 2014 season, many Tampa Bay fans have been counting down the days until new Bucs uniforms could be redesigned. On Tuesday, the team did away with the unpopular “alarm clock” style numbers and went back to something similar to the Bucs’ glory days when the team won its first and only Super Bowl in 2002.
Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the team couldn’t have a live press conference for media members and fans to showcase their new threads. But Tampa Bay did unveil their new look via Buccaneers.com and the team’s social media platforms.
Tampa Bay will wear three new jerseys in 2020, including a new pewter alternate jersey with white numbers, which looks sharp. Given the fact that the Bucs have a pewter helmet and pants sets up the team to have an all-pewter Color Rush ensemble this year. Over the past two seasons the team has donned an all-red look with solid red jerseys and pants for the Bucs’ Color Rush uniforms.
Some minor changes have been to the helmet and the Bucs’ secondary ship logo. The helmet facemask has now been changed back to black instead of the chrome that was featured from 2014-19. The sails on the secondary ship logo have been changed back from red to black for the red and white jerseys, but the sails remain red for the new pewter jerseys.
Below is a video the Bucs released on the team’s social media platforms to reveal the new uniforms.
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The Buccaneers’ original uniforms were unveiled on April 15, 1975 more than a year before the team would play their first game. The orange, red and white color scheme was designed to represent the vibrant, sun-splashed feel of the state of Florida. The logo featured a pirate with the feathered hat and knife clutched between his teeth, and was designed by Tampa Tribune artist Lamar Sparkman to recall the type of swashbuckler portrayed in Errol Flynn movies. The pirate logo became affectionately known as “Bucco Bruce.”
The Buccaneers wore their orange, red and white uniforms for 21 years, including the team’s infamous 0-26 start that lasted into the 1977 season. The home jerseys were orange with white numbers outlined in red. The road jerseys were white and originally with orange numbers outlined in red, but the red and orange were reversed after one season to make the numbers more visible. In 1992 the team introduced orange pants to wear with their white jerseys.
One of the first major acts by the Glazer family upon their purchase of the team in 1995 was to initiate the development of a new color scheme, logo and uniform that would debut two years later.
On April 9, 1997 the Buccaneers unveiled their new logo and uniforms at a noon press conference held in the downtown Tampa Convention Center. After the unveiling the Buccaneers moved the proceedings outside to conduct a ceremony with the fans. The Buccaneers began play in their new uniforms in 1997, the same season the team broke a 13-year playoff drought, going 10-6 and earning a wild card berth.
Bucs fans hope the latest redesign will provide the same results as the 1997 ones did, as opposed to the period of futility seen since 2014 when the team had a dismal 2-14 record in Lovie Smith’s first season as head coach. The Bucs had a .354 winning percentage from 2014-19 with just one winning season – a 9-7 campaign in 2016 – during that span.
Tampa Bay signed arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history in Tom Brady this offseason and season ticket demand had been high. Bucs jersey sales are expected to soar locally and nationally in 2020 with the combination of Brady and a brand new look – a look that kind of resembles the old look during the Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden years.
The Bucs organization is crossing its fingers that the combination of Brady, head coach Bruce Arians and new, updated uniforms can bring excitement – and fans – back to Raymond James Stadium this fall.