TAMPA, FL (via Tampa Bay Buccaneers Communications) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy revealed the new-look Buccaneers helmet and logo during a special in-studio appearance on the NFL Network this evening. McCoy joined Pro Football Hall of Famer and Buccaneers legend Warren Sapp to introduce the team’s first logo and helmet re-design since 1997. The team also announced plans for an event on March 5, to unveil the completely re-designed uniforms that Buccaneers players will wear beginning with the upcoming 2014 season.

"This is an exciting day for the entire Buccaneers organization as we begin the process of introducing our new look by revealing an enhanced logo and new helmet design," said Buccaneers Co-Chairman Edward Glazer. "The enhanced logo is much larger and portrays a more intimidating presence, while the chrome facemask is the first used by an NFL team. This is the first alteration to our logo and helmet since the previous re-design 17 years ago and we believe it sets the stage for our transition into this new, exciting era of Buccaneers football."

The enhanced logo still features the team’s iconic, windswept red battle flag, while sporting a more menacing skull positioned over crossed swords and a football. The helmet retains its trademark pewter color and includes a larger logo on each side along with a new chrome facemask. Another element unique to the Buccaneers will be a hand-painted shading technique using a darker pewter color that runs vertically from the front of the helmet to the crown and along the earholes, providing a customized look and feel.

The team’s full uniform ensemble will be revealed at an introductory press conference held at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, March 5, beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET. New merchandise will be available to the general public in the coming weeks following an exclusive pre-order window for Buccaneers season pass members. Additional details regarding merchandise availability will be provided during the introductory press conference on March 5.

For more about the logo and helmet, visit buccaneers.com.