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Could ‘Bucco Bruce’ return to Raymond James? Bucs owner holds out hope

Tampa Bay, like many franchises, is hopeful of being able to wear throwback jerseys in 2021.
Former Bucs wide receiver Michael Clayton (80) grabs a pass from quarterback Josh Freeman during a 2009 home game against the Packers. Tampa Bay hasn't worn its creamsicle "throwback" jerseys since 2012.
Former Bucs wide receiver Michael Clayton (80) grabs a pass from quarterback Josh Freeman during a 2009 home game against the Packers. Tampa Bay hasn't worn its creamsicle "throwback" jerseys since 2012. [ WALLACE, DANIEL | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Apr. 1
Updated Apr. 1

While remaining optimistic of again seeing Raymond James Stadium filled with fans in 2021, Bucs owner/co-chairman Joel Glazer also clings to hope of restoring another image from the past.

A creamsicle cameo, perhaps.

During his virtual chat with reporters Wednesday, Glazer indicated the team is pushing for the NFL to revise its attire restrictions that will allow the team to wear its throwback uniforms for the first time since 2012.

Citing safety reasons, the league instituted a one-helmet rule in 2013 that forbade teams from wearing multiple helmets in a season. If the league revisits the rule as expected this offseason and amends it, the Bucs likely will break out the creamsicle jerseys — accompanied by the white helmets with the infamous “Bucco Bruce” logo — for the first time since 2012.

“On the throwbacks, we’re constantly at the league’s doorstep trying to get them to move so we can wear our throwbacks,” Glazer said.

“We’re not there yet, but there’s discussions going on, and hopefully at some point in the future that’ll happen, because I know how popular they are with our fans.”

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Glazer said last year’s uniform change — which featured one all-pewter look, deeper red jerseys and block letters replacing the digital alarm-clock numbers — was “unbelievably well-received.”

Moreover, the Bucs are 1-for-1 in Super Bowls in their new digs.

“It was great to see a little more traditional look than we’ve had in the past,” he added. “I know our players liked it, our fans liked it, and it all worked out.”

Contact Joey Knight at jknight@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Bulls.

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