Nike and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers unveiled Monday (March 3) the team’s new NFL Nike Elite 51 Uniform design for the 2014 season.
The uniform is a completely integrated system of dress with a new design that honors the Bucs’ rich tradition, while offering a modern industrial design aesthetic.
The base color has been done up in pewter, juxtaposed with a brighter, more vibrant shade of red. In homage to the Buccaneers’ early uniforms, the new look also features a more prominent use of “Bay Orange” as a primary trim and accent on both the jersey and the pants. Tampa Bay also becomes the first NFL franchise to incorporate a reflective chrome border around the numbers on the front, back and shoulders — which incorporates a technologically advanced reflective coating that adds a new dimension, increased readability and a unique glow to the numbers.
Custom name and number fonts feature beveled edges inspired by historical Buccaneer blade carvings, echoing the modern industrial design inspiration. The team’s white jerseys sport pewter sleeves and shoulders with red numbers, while the red jerseys also feature pewter sleeves and shoulders but with white numbers on the body and red numbers on the shoulders– adding an extra element of energy to the evolved Buccaneer identity.
The team’s secondary logo, a powerful wooden ship fueled by wind-filled sails, is similarly refined to convey the Bucs’ relentless energy. The redesigned wooden ship is positioned on the right shoulder and the abbreviated “BUCS” moniker on the left. The enhanced flag is proudly displayed on both the right and left hip of the pant.
Lastly, the new Bucs helmet features a reinvigorated logotype and highlighted by an updated, more menacing Jolly Roger. Unique to the Buccaneers, the helmet also features a hand-painted pewter speed line overlaid with a larger flag logo designed to accentuate the revolutionized, confident spirit of the franchise.
New Bucs fan jerseys are scheduled to go on sale in April at Buccaneers.com, Nike.com and NFLShop.com.