The Tampa Bay Buccaneers turning over the creamsicle uniforms looked like a year old until someone read the fine print.
The NFL recently changed its 2013 single helmet rule to allow a second alternative helmet according to Michael David-Smith of Pro Football Talk. The teams received a note on Thursday regarding the change, which will take effect for the 2022 season.
Just one problem: The deadlines for NFL uniforms and helmets don’t line up for the Bucs to don cream uniforms and “Bucco Bruce” helmets in time for 2022. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported on the matter Thursday evening that the deadline for teams requesting to use different uniforms in 2022 has passed according to the memo.
“This means, for example, that the (New England) Patriots will not be able to adopt an alternate uniform for 2022 based on their Pat Patriot throwbacks, making the return of a white helmet impractical before 2023,” he said. writes Florio. “Ditto for the creamsicle Tampa Bay uniforms, the light blue Oilers helmets as an alternative to the Titans uniform, and any other helmet that makes no sense without an alternate set of jerseys and pants.”
“However, any alternative helmets must be disclosed by July 31 – and any that require uniforms other than those already in place for 2022 will become impractical and most likely not applicable by 2023,” he added.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport shared the memo.
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Bucs’ Creamsicle Craze
Bleacher Report Gridiron tweeted the Bucs comeback look as one of the most popular comeback possibilities – with a graphic from Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Unfortunately for Bucs fans, it may be necessary to wait for Brady and Gronkowski’s time with the squad. Gronkowski has a one-year contract and Brady is on contract until 2022.
Tampa fans have called for the return of the franchise’s orange and white jerseys with the white helmet with “Bucco Bruce” since the NFL instituted the one-helmet rule. Bucs players have also shown longtime star Lavonte David’s interest in Brady, entering his second season with the team. He even picked up a bit of speed ahead of Super Bowl LV, although flashbacks aren’t an option due to league rules.
Bucs Brass Goes To Bat For Creamsicles
Bucs owner Joel Glazer has been a big supporter of “Bucco Bruce” ‘s return to the field. The creamsicle logo and color scheme dates back to the franchise’s inception in 1976 and lasted until the 1997 transformation.
“On flashbacks, we’re constantly at the door of the league trying to get them moving so that we can carry our flashbacks,” said Glazer. in March according to Pewter Report. “We are not there yet. But discussions are ongoing and hopefully at some point in the future it will happen. I know how popular they are with our fans.
Bucs COO Brian Ford reiterated the point Thursday before the news broke. according to Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times.
“This is very important to our fan base, as well as to the Glazer family and our entire organization,” said Ford by Knight. “We love to remember and play 70’s and 80’s 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 certainly keep you posted.