TAMPA — After just a subtle tweak in changing their logo and helmets last month, the Bucs unveiled a significant change to their uniforms Monday, fitting a new-look team under new coach Lovie Smith.
The Bucs released photos of the new Nike uniforms — a red home uniform on defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and a white road uniform on running back Doug Martin — with a new font for numbers and orange trim as a nod to the team's first uniforms.
"It really defines the Buccaneer as a modern superhero for the future," said Todd Van Horne, Nike's creative director for football.
The new look wasn't necessarily well-received by fans — Twitter response was largely negative, as were responses to a poll at tampabay.com. As of 9:30 p.m. Monday, just 22 percent of voters chose "Pewter Power" for their response, 64 percent chose "Yuck" and another 14 percent chose "Meh."
Bucs co-chairman Ed Glazer, asked about initial cold reception from fans, reminded that it was Tampa Bay's first new look in 17 years: "Any time you have something you've worn for 17 years and had great history in, any change is going to be a little bit new to people … there's no question, once fans get to see the uniforms in person on the players on the field, they're going to love it."
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