With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hitting the reset button this offseason, it only made sense that the organization would go with a new look on the field as well.
Former Bucs star Warren Sapp and current Bucs All-Pro Gerald McCoy went on NFL Network's NFL Total Access Thursday night to unveil the franchise's new logo going forward.
NFL Network posted an image of the new helmet:
The organization went for a subtle route, rather than a radical overhaul, as the new logo is largely the same as the old one.
The discernible differences are slight. There's some different shading on the skull, which also appears to be a little more menacing. The flag is a bit different as well. It's not quite as tattered as the older version.
Gerald McCoy showed different angles of the helmets via Instagram:
Heading into Thursday, the new logo design was a heavily protected state secret. Sapp only revealed that the Bucs would have a chrome facemask:
I'll give y'all a lil, helmet has a #ChromeGrill— Warren Sapp (@WarrenSapp) February 18, 2014
One possible design was leaked earlier in the day, but it proved to a false lead.
This is the team's third official logo since its inception in 1976.
The first featured "Bucco Bruce" and those beautiful (or hideous) orange creamsicle uniforms, depending on your opinion.
Is the new Buccaneers logo an upgrade over the old one?
Then, in 1997, the Bucs swapped out "Bucco Bruce" for a more generic pirate flag. The orange and white uniforms were out, and a nice red and pewter color scheme that's come to be synonymous with the organization's successes under former head coaches Jon Gruden and Tony Dungy were in.
Sapp was a fitting choice to be part of the unveiling, as his No. 99 Buccaneers jersey was one of the most memorable NFL uniforms in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
This isn't the end of the Buccaneers' new branding, either. Justis Mosqueda of Optimum Scouting reported that the uniforms will be unveiled in March, and a different color scheme is coming with them:
New Buccaneer helmets in 20 minutes. New uniforms released on March 5th. Apparently a color change.— Justis Mosqueda (@JuMosq) February 21, 2014
Either way, it looks like fans will have to wait for the return of "Bucco Bruce."