The Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo has seen a radical change in the franchise’s history, as have their uniforms, team colors, and just about everything associated with the franchise has changed since its founding in 1976.
The Bucs’ logo history also presents hills and valleys in fan approval as well – beginning with the laughingstock creamsicles seen in 1976 to the pirates in pewter pants in 1997, to the arena football look the team burst onto the scene in 2014.
This is a rather short article depicting the Bucs’ logo since, despite their radical changes, the changes have also been little.
The Bucs’ first primary logo consisted of an orange, winking pirate in a red plume hat whose sword blade looked to be in its mouth. This logo was nicknamed Bucco Bruce and quickly became the butt of all jokes in the NFL – especially with the team’s shade of Florida orange, better known as ‘creamsicle.’
This logo lasted until 1996, and when the team redesigned their look and abandoned Bucco Bruce, they practically erased the logo’s history until 2009, when both the franchise and fan base ached to see the logo and uniform once more. The Bucs complied with unveiling the Bucco Bruce throwbacks, going as far as to deck the stadium in the old Florida orange rather than the pewter and red. Bucco Bruce was last seen on the field in 2012, prior to the NFL’s one-helmet mandate that followed in 2013.
The second primary logo consisted of a red flag containing a jolly roger, held up by a sword. This logo accompanied the team’s uniform redesign and remained until 2013 when the team decided to upgrade the logo for the 2014 season.
In 2020, the Bucs are slated to undergo another uniform redesign. However, rumor has it that they will indeed keep the current helmet logo as their primary but the new uniform will practically resemble the 1997 to 2013 look.
The Bucs have seen two alternate logos in their history, starting in 1997. The first is the black and red pirate ship consisting of the jolly roger helmet logo that the team wore on their sleeve beginning with the first redesign. The second alternate logo resembles the first, except the ship is red and the 2014 jolly roger appears.
Good, good, and good. The Bucs have never gone with a bland logo, and I don’t care what the masses say about Bucco Bruce – he’s historic and iconic. It’s a shame the NFL doesn’t allow for multiple helmets during the season so we can see him on the field at least twice if not three times and these days, it could’ve been in both home and road jerseys. It’d be great to see him grace the sides of the helmet at least part-time.
However, I do like the jolly roger logo, even if the current one is oversized – it still sort of works for the Buccaneers. There’s a lot to like here and very little to complain about.