Bucco Bruce won't be making any appearances in Raymond James Stadium anytime soon. The Bucs say they've had to cancel the upcoming 'throwback day' celebration due to changes in NFL helmet rules.
For the last several years, the Bucs have jumped on the retro uniform bandwagon, donning the old 'creamsicle' uniforms and changing up the field markings and stadium sound effects to mimic the 1970s and 1980s eras. The throwback games have proven to be a strong draw with fans at a time when the team has been struggling with attendance.
This year's throwback day was scheduled for the September 29th home game against the Arizona Cardinals as part of the team's Hispanic Heritage Day celebration. But with concerns over player concussions taking center stage this season, the Bucs say the league is now frowning on the use of alternate helmets during the season.
"The league-wide guideline, which requires players to use the same helmet for all games during the season, was recently implemented based on the strong recommendation by the NFL's Head, Neck and Spine Committee as well as the Player Safety Advisory Panel," the team explained in a statement announcing the change.
"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," offered Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford.
Other previously scheduled Hispanic Heritage events that week will still take place.
The team will be looking at ways to bring back the popular throwback feature in future years, Ford added.
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