Tampa Bay Buccaneers Logo

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers is a professional football team that plays in the National Football League, South Division of the National Football Conference. It is based in Tampa, Florida.

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The first Buccaneers logo – the Bucco Bruce – was a picture of a winking pirate wearing a red plumed hat and an earring, and holding a dagger in his teeth.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Logo history

The 1997-2013 logo featured a purple flag with the classic skull and swords and a football. The present-day Buccaneers logo one is pretty much the same except the red background and a slightly different shape of the skull and swords.

Original Buccaneers symbol

buccaneers symbolThe team’s earliest logo was developed in 1976 by Lamar Sparkman, who was the club’s long-time cartoonist designer. The reason why Sparkman steered clear of Jolly Roger was simple: he wanted to create something different from the emblems of other “pirate” teams. The pirate in a plumed slouched hat was used as the Buccaneers symbol until 1976.

Buccaneers emblem in 1997-2013

buccaneers emblemPrior to the 1997 season, the club collaborated with the National Football League to create a more aggressive identity, which, among other benefits, would help to sell the products with the Buccaneers emblem. Instead of “Bucco Bruce,” a new logo was developed featuring a red flag mounted on a saber.