The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not be using their throwback uniforms this season due to a new NFL rule requiring teams to wear the same helmets throughout the season. The rule is aimed at increasing player safety and was recommended by the NFL's Head, Neck and Spine Committee and the Player Safety Advisory Panel. The Buccaneers had planned on wearing their creamsicle throwback uniforms against the Arizona Cardinals.
One question: why can't the Bucs just change the decals on the helmets?
The Buccaneers have worn their throwback uniforms in the previous four years for one game each season, but that tradition will come to an end this year. The pre-1997 creamsicle uniforms are not making a return to the field for now -- although there's no word on whether or not the Bucs will wear them next season. The game against the Cardinals will still feature a Hispanic Heritage celebration.
The throwback games are the most spectacular games every year, even if the Buccaneers tend to lose them. The whole stadium is tinted orange, with many fans wearing those throwbacks. Introducing them was one of the better moves the Bucs have made the past five years, and now it's being nixed -- because of an NFL rule. This makes me a sad panda.
The Buccaneers face the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, September 29 at 1:00 p.m. ET.
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