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If Tom Brady plays in 2022, he’ll wear a creamsicle jersey at some point

The NFL reportedly will relax its one-helmet rule in 2022, paving the way for throwback uniforms.
This image of Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, running across the field during a workout at Berkeley Prep in Tampa in the spring of 2020, is the closest any fan has come to seeing the future hall of famer in a creamsicle jersey.
This image of Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, running across the field during a workout at Berkeley Prep in Tampa in the spring of 2020, is the closest any fan has come to seeing the future hall of famer in a creamsicle jersey. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published Jun. 24
Updated Jun. 24

The proverbial planets are aligning for an image once deemed implausible to finally come to fruition.

Tom Brady bedecked in a creamsicle jersey and Bucco Bruce helmet.

The NFL issued a memo Thursday allowing each team to add one alternate helmet to its uniform closet starting in 2022, essentially clearing the way for teams to wear throwback uniforms next year. The move negates the one-helmet rule — instituted in 2013 — that forbids teams from wearing multiple helmets in a season.

Clubs must inform the league office of their intention to use an alternate-color helmet for 2022 no later than July 31, 2021.

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Earlier Thursday, Bucs chief operating officer Brian Ford told reporters on a Zoom call that as technology enhancements continue, “we’re going to be able to rekindle” the throwback jerseys, which the Bucs haven’t worn since 2012. In April, co-owner Joel Glazer indicated the team is pushing for the NFL to revise its attire restrictions.

“It’s very important to our fan base, as well as the Glazer family and our entire organization,” Ford said.

“We love to kind of reminisce and play some ’70s and ’80s music and bring out the big pom-poms and the creamsicle. So it’s not a question of if, it’s just when, and we’ll definitely keep you posted.”

Only remaining contingency is Brady playing in 2022, when he’ll be 45. He’s currently under contract through 2022.