Orange you glad to be a Buc?
Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Brooks isn’t ashamed. He wants the Bucs to wear throwback orange uniforms in a game, and the franchise’s first appearance on Thanksgiving Day at Dallas is the perfect opportunity.
Brooks, fullback Mike Alstott and tight end Dave Moore are the only players remaining who wore orange before the team changed its colors to red and pewter in 1997.
“I’ve been vetoed,” said Brooks, a first-round draft pick in 1995. “I like the orange. Our younger players, they want to wear it. They’re not embarrassed about our franchise history and the colors. They want to wear it and I want to wear it.”
Brooks, who wants the franchise to create a Ring of Honor to recognize former players, is proud of his first NFL uniform. He has it framed at his home, complete with Bucco Bruce helmet. But so far, his throwback pleas have been rejected.
“It’s a policy with the NFL, and I understand it starts with them about the uniforms,” Brooks said. “I guess it’s really not totally up to our owners, from what I understand. But if you want something done, you can get it done.”
-- Joanne Korth
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