Why Tom Brady Wearing White in Super Bowl 55 Is a Good Omen for Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will make NFL history on Sunday by becoming the first team to play the Super Bowl in their own stadium, but their uniforms will not reflect the uniqueness of the situation.

Last week, the Bucs announced they will be wearing white uniform tops with pewter pants when they take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on February 7, despite the fact they are the home team both literally and figuratively when the two teams meet at Raymond James Stadium.

As the home team, Tampa Bay would normally be expected to wear its red uniforms but has instead opted to don its away color scheme, which it wore in road wins against the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Round and against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game.

The Bucs wore red tops and pewter pants for their road win against the Washington Football Team in the Wild Card round, the same color combination they donned when they defeated the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, hitherto their only appearance in the NFL title game.

Tampa Bay first sported the white tops/pewter pants combination when it thrashed the Packers 38-10 at home in Week 6 of the regular season and has won all the other four games across the regular season and playoffs it has donned the color scheme in.

If the Bucs have fared well in white, historically so has Tom Brady. The 43-year-old has worn white in five of his previous nine Super Bowl appearances, winning four times. The New England Patriots donned their white tops/blue pants combination when they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 in Super Bowl XXXIX in February 2005 to win a third Vince Lombardi Trophy in four seasons.

Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Championship game at Lambeau Field on January 24 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Bucs defeated the Packers 31-26 to reach Super Bowl LV. Dylan Buell/Getty

In the 2010s, the Patriots wore white in all their four NFL title game appearances, a 28-24 win against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, the 34-28 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI that has gone down in NFL lore and the 13-3 win over the Los Angels Rams in Super Bowl LIII, which turned out to be Brady's final Super Bowl appearance with the Patriots.

The 41-33 defeat in Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles remains the only loss the 43-year-old has suffered while playing in white in the Super Bowl. By comparison, Brady's record in the big game is a more average 2-2 when wearing the Patriots home color scheme.

New England donned blue in its first two Super Bowl triumphs of the Brady era—a 20-17 win over the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI and a 32-29 win over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII—but the same uniforms proved far less successful in losses against the New York Giants in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.

The Giants sported their white jerseys on both occasions and are part of a wider trend that has seen teams wearing white lift the Lombardi Trophy aloft in 13 of the 16 seasons, according to figures from ESPN Stats and Information.

The Chiefs bucked the trend last year, wearing red as they defeated the San Francisco 31-20 to claim a first Super Bowl title in 50 years. Due to the Bucs choosing to wear white on Sunday, Kansas City will don their red tops and white bottoms again, a color scheme it rarely sports on the road but which it wore in a 23-20 overtime win against the Chargers in Los Angeles in Week 2 of the regular season.

When Kansas City defeated the Bucs 27-24 in Tampa in Week 12, the Chiefs wore their traditional white top/red pants road uniform, while the Bucs donned their usual home combination of red top and pewter pants.

The good news for the Chiefs is that they are 7-2 when wearing red this season and have donned the uniforms in both of their Super Bowl triumphs.