TAMPA — The long wait is nearly over. Tom Brady has his No. 12. Will it be in red, pewter or creamsicle? How about all three?
Nothing is left now except to unveil the Bucs’ new uniforms, which will happen April 7, the team announced on social media Tuesday.
It is the first uniform redesign since 2014, which didn’t go over too well with Bucs fans. The biggest problem was the number font that resembled an old digital alarm clock.
The .354 winning percentage since those threads debuted six seasons ago will make any fan dislike them.
“We have heard the feedback from our fans loud and clear, and have been working with the NFL and our league partners at Nike to usher in a new look as we enter the next decade of Buccaneers football," co-chairman Ed Glazer said in a statement confirming the change in Feb. “We look forward to revealing more details in the near future about our official unveiling event, which will take place later this spring.”
Well, that day is next Tuesday.
It’s the third major change in uniform design for the Bucs since their inception in 1976, when they debuted an orange and red scheme with a stiletto-chewing pirate logo on the helmet.
The Bucs’ first major change came in 1997, two years after the Glazer family purchased the team. The Bucs drastically changed the entire color scheme. They introduced pewter to the NFL and changed to a darker red as the primary color and a new logo featuring a skull and crossed swords over a wind-swept red battle flag. An alternate logo of a ship was adorned to the uniform sleeves.
The Bucs broke a streak of 14 seasons without a playoff appearance when they changed uniforms.
They can only hope history repeats itself and that Brady plays well in any color.