Tampa Bay Buccaneers Primary Logo 1976 – 1996

Bret Miller

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Primary Logo 1976 - 1996

Long-time Tampa Tribune cartoonist Lamar Sparkman designed the first team logo. Faced with the challenge of designing a logo that did not closely resemble that of the other “pirates” in the league, the Oakland Raiders, Sparkman came up with a pirate in a plumed slouch hat, with a large hoop earring, clutching a dagger in his teeth. The pirate appeared to be winking. He came to be known as “Bruce the Buccaneer” or “Buccaneer Bruce” sometime shortened to “Bucco Bruce.”