After announcing a new coach in Lovie Smith in January and new helmets with a larger Jolly Roger in February, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers unveiled new uniforms today.
“Today marks the culmination of more than two years of research and planning to bring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into a new and exciting era of our history,” announced Bucs co-owner Edward Glazer. “We worked closely with our partners at Nike to design a uniform that would set the standard for both design and functionality. The result is a sleek, modern design that honors our championship past while also establishing a new, bolder identity moving forward.”
The redesign marks just the second change in less than four decades of team history. The duds display pewter shoulders on the white jerseys, with orange making its presence known more vibrantly on both home and away uniforms. The angular numbers appear unique in football if not in futbol.
“This is nothing that anybody else has,” star player Gerald McCoy remarked in the team’s official release. “We’re individualized and we’re us. And that’s how it should be. I think people need to know that the Bucs are going to bring something different to the NFL, and these uniforms are going to show that.”
Translation? Pay attention to our uniforms and not our record.