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XFL reveals name and logo for Tampa Bay team

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The Tampa Bay Vipers will slither into Raymond James Stadium in February. [XFL]
The Tampa Bay Vipers will slither into Raymond James Stadium in February. [XFL]
Published Aug. 21
Updated Aug. 22

Tampa Bay’s new professional football team has a name: the Vipers. And when the Vipers take the field in February, they’ll be wearing green, dark green, lime and gold, the XFL announced Wednesday.

The league also revealed the names and logos for its seven other teams.

Dallas: The Renegades will wear powder blue, black and red.

Dallas Renegades [XFL]

Houston: The Roughnecks will wear red, navy blue and white.

Houston Roughnecks [XFL]

Los Angeles: The Wildcats will wear orange and red.

Los Angeles Wildcats [XFL]

New York: The Guardians will wear silver and red.

New York Guardians [XFL]

St. Louis: The BattleHawks will wear sapphire, silver and white.

St. Louis BattleHawks [XFL]

Seattle: The Dragons will wear green, navy blue and orange.

Seattle Dragons [XFL]

Washington: The D.C. Defenders will wear red and white.

Washington, D.C. Defenders [XFL]

The XFL’s 10-week regular season begins the weekend of Feb. 8. The Vipers will play their home games at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

The league isn’t sharing many details about the team identities; it just wants you to know it’s really, really excited.

“We could not be more excited for the Tampa Bay community to have a team and colors that all of us can rally around,” Vipers coach Marc Trestman said. “Our organization has been working relentlessly at the coaching and business levels to build a humble, hardworking and hungry team.”

Whether Tampa Bay will match the XFL’s enthusiasm remains to be seen.

“One way we’re looking at this is that this is the cover of the book," Vipers team president Josh Bullock said. "This is the beginning. We expect that when we have players on the field and fans in the community, together they’ll write the story about what this team is and what the identity is going to be.”

When will get a glimpse of the uniforms? There’s a good chance it will be before Thanksgiving, Bullock said.

Less than five months from kickoff, the XFL has started pursuing players. Quarterback Landry Jones, who played for Oklahoma in college and for the Steelers in the NFL, last week became the first to sign. The league also has extended an invitation to quarterback Ryan Mallett, who played for the Patriots, Texans and Ravens during his six seasons in the NFL.

Contact Thomas Bassinger at tbassinger@tampabay.com. Follow @tometrics.

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