words // Zac Dubasik
For the first time since 1997, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made a major change to their uniforms. For the 2014 season, they'll be suiting up in a new design of the NFL Nike Elite 51, which features a fully integrated system of dress.
According to Nike, the new design "honors the Buccaneers’ rich tradition while boldly bringing the team into the future with a modern industrial design aesthetic."
“Today marks the culmination of more than two years of research and planning to bring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into a new and exciting era of our history,” said Buccaneers co-chairman Edward Glazer. “We worked closely with our partners at Nike to design a uniform that would set the standard for both design and functionality. The result is a sleek, modern design that honors our championship past while also establishing a new, bolder identity moving forward.”
As for Nike's Elite 51 Uniform, it focuses on creating a system where lightweight padding is built diretly into the baselayer, and was designed to works in tandem with padding, the jersey, and uniform pants.