INDIANAPOLIS — Hall of Fame defensive tackle and former Bucs great Warren Sapp teamed with current Buc and two-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Gerald McCoy to unveil the team's enhanced logo and helmet Thursday during Total Access on the NFL Network.
The red of the flag is more vivid, the skull has more intimidating eye sockets, and the logos on the helmet are much larger.
"Look at the more vibrant red," McCoy said. "But even more important, we want everybody to know the Bucs are coming. Look how big this flag is."
Everything about the new helmet is brighter. In addition to the logo, the pewter is more radiant, there is a shading technique that provides for a darker pewter and the team will have the only chrome face masks in the NFL.
As Sapp explained: "Oh, you absolutely need more bling in your life. I love this helmet."
"The thing about this is it's very unique to the Bucs because nobody else is going to have this but the Bucs," McCoy said.
But Tampa Bay isn't stopping with the headgear and logo. A full uniform redesign will be revealed during a news conference on March 5 at One Buc Place. New merchandise will be available to the general public in the coming weeks after an exclusive preorder window for season-pass members.
"The aim of the project was to take the existing Bucs logo and update it with a new, refreshed, modernized approach, taking the toughness that was inherent in the existing mark and making it much louder," Bucs co-chairman Ed Glazer said.