After an NFL team changes its uniforms, league rules state they can’t be changed again for five seasons. The last time the Bucs did a uniform overhaul was in 2014 and it was met with mixed reviews. While most fans liked the larger and updated helmet logo, the jersey number font has been a point of contention for most fans.

Could the Bucs unveil new uniforms this offseason? The league time frame says yes, and in an NFL world where merchandise sales can bring in millions of dollars annually, Tampa Bay fans could see a different look on the players when they run out of the tunnel for the first time this August.

Bucs LB Lavonte David
Bucs LB Lavonte David – Photo by: Getty Images

Tampa Bay tweaked its logo, uniform and helmet in 2014, 17 years after the team’s red and pewter look debuted in 1997 during the second year of the Tony Dungy era. The Bucs previously had a white and orange ensemble that featured Bucco Bruce, a winking pirate, from 1976-96. Those creamsicle uniforms were widely laughed at around the league, largely because of the on-field product, as Tampa Bay only had three winning seasons and three playoff appearances in the team’s first 21 years of existence wearing those uniforms.

When the Glazers switched to a more modern, menacing pirate look in 1997 with the red and pewter uniforms and a pewter helmet featuring a red pirate flag with a skull and two crossed swords, the Bucs became instant winners, finishing that season with a 10-6 record and ending a 13-year playoff drought. The Bucs would win a total of four NFC South division titles and a Super Bowl from 1997-2013 and produce nine winning records in the first 17 seasons with the original red and pewter uniforms.

The Glazers updated the red and pewter uniforms during Lovie Smith’s first season in 2014, changing the facemask to a chrome color and going with a more modern look with jersey numbers that look like digital clock numbers. Some fans have opposed the new jerseys, being especially critical of the garish numbers, but the fact that Tampa Bay has produced a record of 27-53 on the field likely has a lot to do with the hard feelings over the Bucs’ current look.

Former Bucs RB James Wilder - Photo courtesy of the Buccaneers
Former Bucs RB James Wilder – Photo courtesy of the Buccaneers

Are Tampa Bay fans ready for a new look from their home team? By the debate on social media, the answer might be yes.

But what would a re-design look like? Would there be a white helmet so the team could go back to hosting an annual throwback game featuring the orange creamsicle jerseys? Would the Bucs just tweak their current look by changing the font of the numbers? Would the Glazers ever consider going back to the original orange and white color scheme?

Twitter has some talented graphic artist who have been weighing in with new designs. We decided to collect a sample from Twitter to let fans see – and dream – about what a new uniform and an updated look might look like.

Concept No. 1 – Behance.net https://mir-s3-cdn-cf.behance.net/project_modules/1400_opt_1/73abbb58481671.59fdfb651c138.jpg



These uniforms offer a sleeker and streamlined look with a white helmet option that could be used in a throwback game, which is something Bucs fans have been clamoring. Unless the NFL changes its rule allowing players to only play in one helmet per season, the use of a white, black and pewter helmet is just a pipe dream.

Concept No. 2 – Samar Ali via Twitter @samer_Ali


A noted big Bucs fan, Ali’s concepts have garnered the most attention on Twitter. Admittedly not a fan of the creamsicle look, Ali has designed standard home and away uniforms plus two color rush ensembles.

Concept No. 3 – Angus via twitter @sportsPSDA

My personal favorite of the Twitter submitted designs – this one tugs at my nostalgia for the old day when I sat in Tampa Stadium watching the likes of Doug Williams, Lee Roy Selmon and others roam the turf and sidelines with the aroma of beer and Tampa made cigars wafting through the air.

Concept No. 4 – Glover via Twitter @GloverisGod


This concept is is the closest to the current uniforms but with some changes, mainly the changing of the font on the uniform numbers.

Concept No. 5 – Via Twitter @trevorFtierney 

This re-design eliminated the red for the most part from the uniform and incorporates more the original orange. They also include a black alternate that may not be practical to wear in the Florida heat.

Concept No. 6 – Brian Begley via Twitter Iambrianbegley

Begley’s design is one or the most radical and maybe the most like a college uniforms. They incorporate the old school orange look but with a complete new logo.

PewterReport.com doesn’t know if the Bucs will debut news uniforms this year or next year, or if the team will make any changes at all. And if the Glazers do plan on making tweaks or wholesale changes to the uniforms this year, those designs have already been secretly created and submitted to the NFL.

At some point in time, the Bucs uniforms will change, and hopefully the new ones will become more popular and less controversial than the last re-design from 2014.

What do you think of these fan-designed Bucs uniforms? Leave your thoughts below in the article comments.

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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 [email protected]

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  1. I only like 3 of the them. I would take in this order.. #2, #5, and then #3. I love the thought of bring back the orange in some fashion. But the Bucs and Glazers will find a way to F it up.🤣

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  2. All of the designs in this article are better than the crappy Alarm Clock Unis they have now. I’ve never liked them and their play since adopting them hasn’t made me warm up to those atrocious rags. Orange needs to be the main color again with Red or Black accents. The Falcons have red, let’s reclaim our identity. I also prefer white helmets so that they can have throwback games again.

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    • Concept #3 gets my vote.

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      • I like the orange and red version of Concept #1 too. Been thinking about this a bit and I would change the Jolly Roger Flag logo from Orange to the traditional red on concept #3. I like the idea of White Helmets. Just seems more traditional to me.

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  3. Love 3. 1 is a close second. I would love to see us bring back more Bucco Bruce if possible, for me I think it’s the nostalgia.

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  4. #3 please! they are sweet

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  5. https://twitter.com/Samer__Ali/status/1069706727673733120?s=20

    I like the all pewter concept, Trevor had brought this up Dec.2018..only change, of course, would be the number font.

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  6. We really do need to go back to the Orange!!! Some how some way!! Please!! I personally still like the original Bucco Bruce also. But I’m a little bias ( fan since 76 ).

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  7. I like most of these designs better than the current uniform.

    1. My favorite of the group… Would like to see an orange helmet with the white logo.
    Also, the black looks sharp, but looks like the falcons. Would like to see the black version
    in the true pewter version from the Dungy era pants as the full color.

    2. Too similar to the current and looks like falcons.

    3. I agree with you Mark that the orange brings back the old school feel and separates the team’s look from any other team in the NFL. Too busy though. How about working the Pewter as a secondary color?

    4. Too Raven

    5. Hate the logo, but intriguing mix of colors on the dark jersey.

    6. Like the color scheme, but not the design.

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    • Orange and Pewter – an alternate. Love it.

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      • I did a quick Photoshop of #1 showing the orange / pewter look and emailed it to Mark, but I know he can’t post it… It not my design.. but the pewter helmet & pants and orange jersey looks pretty damn sharp.

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        • Just go on a create a uniform website, that’s all any of these people did.

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  8. Samar Ali is my favorite so far, and a big NO to anything with solid orange.

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    • @wish-in-one-hand Just curious, how long have you been a Bucs Fan?

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      • Since late 80’s, that ok for you? lol…. The Orange brings back a lot of bad memories, softest looking uni’s, always thought that, still do. My Pops would bring me to a few games back then and we almost always left early, later on would sneak into games at halftime with my buds (was pretty easy to do back then) when i was in my teens/high school days. When we switched to the pewter and red during the Dungy era just reminds me of a lot of great memories with my dad going to actual fun games while he was here. You can like the team and not the uniforms, true then and still true now.

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        • @wish-in-one-hand Like I said, I was just curious. No need to get defensive.

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          • It’s all good man, we all have our opinions. My apologies if i interpenetrated it as condescending.

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  9. Yep concept 2 is the best. Anything orange is going to be a no from me also.

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  10. Please no creamsicle orange! I still have nightmares of the old Bucco Bruse Uniforms. Hate them!

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  11. Concept #2 is the most likely to happen.

    Changing uniforms brings in more money in merchandise sales however changing a logo again costs the Glazers money — big time. Everything around the facility, stadium, etc. Think about it. That logo is EVERYWHERE inside One Buc Place.

    Uniforms need a change. Logo is fine. Concept #2 is clean and simple.

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    • I like it as well. Going back to the creamsicle look is a big risk which I don’t think the Glazers would want to take.

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  12. I agree Samar’s is the most intriguing. The numbers definitely look better and these uniforms are more NFL level Then the XFL crap they’re wearing now. I do hope they upgrade. Out with the old ways and in with the new. Eliminate all the things that represent the losing culture this team has had for too long

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  13. WTF Peter report does it take 2 hours to post my comment??
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    I only like 3 of the them. I would take in this order.. #2, #5, and then #3. I love the thought of bring back the orange in some fashion. But the Bucs and Glazers will find a way to F it up.🤣

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  14. I really like number 3.

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  15. Go back to the 97 uniforms.

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    • Amen to that!

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  16. Go back to the 97 type uniforms.

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    • Yeah the ones we actually won a Super Bowl in. Never should have went away from those in the first place.

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      • @pinkstob Why would the Glazers want to have the team associated with the success of the past or the history of the Orange and Red? The Digital Clock Look is the sports fashion sensation of the 21st Century.

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  17. I like the oarnge and white so I am onboard with concept#3, I also like our present day numbers–keep the pirate theme numbers

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  18. I would like to see a variant of the Mean Machine uniform. Tampa in all black uniforms with red pin striping and buccaneer striping on the pants (pirate font).

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    • That would look cool but doubt the players would last in summer heat and sun wearing mostly black in Tampa.

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  19. The all Pewter uniforms would set us apart from the rest of the league, with White or Red non-digital numbers, and a White Helmet with a large Skull and Sword Cross Bones Logo would be my vote.

    The Logo in the first all Black one is what I am hoping for. The Flag Logo just doesn’t sit well on a hat or other merch. A Simple Skull and Sword Cross Bones would be Amazing. I also like the all Black Color Rush, but I think an all Pewter Color Rush with a White Helmet would look Awesome.

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  20. I don’t care about what uniform you pick as long as we get to the playoffs

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  21. #3 is the best. I would love to go back to the orange creamsicles.

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  22. concept#3 all the way baby. but dont really see it happening.

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  23. I’ll take all of these over the ones we got now. Not a huge fan of the current one.

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  24. They can play in diapers for all I care. How about producing a winning season? How about the playoffs? How about giving us fans something to be proud of. Sick and tired of being consistent Cellar Dwellers. Aren’t you?
    Beautiful uniforms do not..win games. We need Winners baby!

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  25. If clothes make the man like many people say, the Buc unis have made so many men what they are today.

    Anything is better than what they have now. Lose the flag on the helmet, just go with the skull and cross bones. Forget the swords too.

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  26. Was never a big fan of the orange uniforms and I still feel the same way.
    Best uniform was the one we won the SB in. Just go back to it and sop all this mindless inane chatter about uniforms.

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  27. I like the orange ones the best. They look a little too much like the volunteers. I think a few tweeks to make them a bit more unique and iI would love if they make a big change.

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  28. At a minimum, imo, the new uniforms should have splashes of orange throughout. Just like the Seahawks do with the bright green.

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  29. 3 changes needed:
    1) number font change
    2) remove pewter shoulder detail from jersey, never liked that
    3) reduce logo size on helmet… it’s just too big now

    Full redesign isn’t necessary, and red & pewter should remain primary colors with pewter helmet.

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    • @salish_sea So go back to the Super Bowl Unis?

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  30. #3 is straight fire.

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  31. Can 3 please be real, after seeing it I want it to come to fruition now.

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  32. It seems most of us are split between wanting orange and staying with the red..I wouldn’t mind orange jerseys and pewter pants. Helmet the same.

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  33. Keep the pewter helmet, maybe just go back to Bucco (or I like the skull/Bucco concept up there). The pewter has to be a shiny pewter again for the pants, not blackish/puke brown. Go to orange as the main jersey, so a little like one of the concepts. Orange/white/pewter/dashes of red, and don’t look like Ohio St or Tennessee.

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  34. I love the all pewter with the red accents but imagine the red being orange with the pewter!! I could get behind a pewter/creamsicle/white combo. I too was embarrassed being the crappy team with the hideous orange uniforms but would be agreeable if it were accompanied by the pewter to toughen the look up while keeping to our roots. I also agree that the logo needs to be redone to be more symmetrical. As stated, it doesn’t fit on hats well with the current flag configuration.

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  35. I mentioned it on Pewter Report before that I was part of one of the focus groups back in 1997 when the new logo and uniform concepts were unveiled. It was one of the coolest things to experience. Future GM, Mark Dominik was the model for the one ultimately selected, that later won a championship. The other concepts we saw that evening are on display in the Bucs Place lobby.

    I’m not the biggest fan of the current uniforms and would welcome at least different font for the numbers.I think the pewter looks too brown.

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    • Scubog I agree with you the 97 uniforms were great looking.

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  36. I don’t care if they play in their pads, helmet, and a jock. Just win baby!

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  37. Forgot cleats.

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  38. I like number 2 , number 3 is good to.

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  39. i Love the color rush reds we have now… but that’s about it… any if the concepts get my vote… all really great ideas

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  40. #3. We are orange. We are the 1976 expansion team. Those are our DNA.

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  41. #2 all the way, Samer Ali nailed it!!! #2 seems to blend newer elements with the classic superbowl era design. I would be thrilled if they went with his designs. I have always liked the pewter pants/white jersey combo the best. Design #3 is intriguing and well done, but I don’t think I would want to see those all year. I would however love for them to return to throwback games with the classic orange unis instead of color rush. I am not a fan of color rush.

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  42. Just bring back the creamsicle and Bucco Bruce. That’s all I want.

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  43. Bucs fan my whole life and part of what made me a fan as a kid was the amazing uniforms. Here are my entries: https://imgur.com/user/iowabucs

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  44. I like this old/new school look better than any that have been posted on this page!

    New Creamsicle Orange Look:

    https://youtu.be/oD_5aJXCNv0

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    • Disregard (it’s not allowing me to post it). Some weird YouTube link attached to my post

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