The NFC gets the nod as home team in the 2021 Super Bowl, and that means the Tampa Bay Buccaneers get the choice of which uniform they will wear during Super Bowl 55. On Wednesday, the team announced they will wear their white jerseys and pewter pants. That means the Kansas City Chiefs will wear their home reds for the game.
But let's keep it going. Time to make it three in a row.— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) January 28, 2021
White jerseys & pewter pants for #SBLV pic.twitter.com/7quYS4ncBg
Why would a team choose its road jersey even as the home team? Well, white has significant history, as noted by ESPN’s Jenna Laine. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady is 4-1 all-time when wearing white in Super Bowls while 2-2 when he wore the Patriots blue. Additionally, 13 of the last 16 Super Bowls have been won by teams wearing white. The uniform color won’t dictate the winner, but sports is filled with superstitions, so this is not surprising.
It’s interesting to note that the Chiefs were not one of those 13 teams when they beat the 49ers last year. Kansas City chose to wear home reds and brought home the Lombardi Trophy.
The only real problem I have with all of this is that we don’t get to see the Bucs in their creamsicle uniforms on the biggest stage. We all lose out with that aspect of the choice.