The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had planned on wearing their ‘Bucco Bruce’ creamsicle uniforms for a game during Hispanic Heritage week, however a new National Football League rule has resulted in the team cancelling its plans to do so.
Citing player safety, the team explained its decision in the following statement.
“While we regret that our players will not be able to don the ‘Bucco Bruce’ helmet and traditional orange, red and white uniforms, there simply was no acceptable way to meet the requirements of the new policy while staying true to the spirit of our throwback theme.”
This would have been the fifth season the Buccaneers donned the creamsicle uniform which has become extremely popular among fans.
The rule in question involves the changing of helmets. Players would wear a white helmet with the Bucco Bruce logo on it rather than the team’s traditional helmet. According to a league rule, this is a safety hazard. The league would prefer players to wear the same helmet throughout the season once it is fitted properly, as changing helmets can increase the likelihood a helmet is not properly fitted to a players head.
Despite this, it is curious the Buccaneers gave up on their beloved creamsicle throwbacks so easily. There must be a way around the new NFL rule given that the Chicago Bears have used a different helmet in each of the first two weeks of the 2013 season.
One would think if the Bears found a way to get away with using multiple helmets during the season, the Buccaneers could figure out how to avoid penalties and keep their historic ‘Bucco Bruce’ creamsicle uniforms alive and well.
Senior Sports Editor
The Guardian Express