The Buccaneers didn’t always sport the more bold colored jerseys you see today, in 1976 they started out in what was dubbed the “creamsicle” uniforms. Bright orange and white, outlined in red. The classic look also sported the ‘Bucco Bruce’ logo. Loved by some, mocked by others, and rated by many to be one of the worst uniforms in NFL history.
In 1996-97, the organization decided it was time for a change and retired Bucco Bruce and the creamsicle jerseys and adopted the more intimidating flag, skull, crossed sabres and bold red.
Even though the team has not been able to wear their classic colors since 2013 due to rule changes, it is still a favorite of Bucs players and fans alike, myself included, my favorite ball cap happens to sport good ol’ Bucco Bruce.
For some though, the creamsicle colors remind them of a dark time for the organization, in which the Buccaneers really did not perform well, and is seen as a curse for those superstitious fans.
Superstitions aside, the Buccaneers had some star players sporting the Orange and White.
Starting off with Hall of Famer, Lee Roy Selmon, who was voted NFL Defensive Player of the year, and was the first player to be inducted into the Buccaneers Ring of Honor in 2009. And even though he retired in 1984, due to a back injury, he remains a favorite player. He amassed 78-1/2 sacks and 6 pro bowls in his professional career.
That brings me to another favorite, Ricky Bell, who in 1979 lead the Buccaneers to the NFC Central division championship, rushing 1,263 yards. He was also instrumental in the Buccaneers first ever playoff won, against the Eagles, rushing for 142 yards on 38 carries and scored 2 touchdowns.
That’s just to name a few.
I personally, prefer the classic colors and would not be upset if in the future they brought it back, however, the newer look does bring the intimidation factor to the field.