Former NFL wide receiver Vincent Jackson was found dead Monday morning in Florida. He was 38 years old.
“My heart aches for the many loved ones Vincent Jackson leaves behind, from his wife and children to the nation of Buccaneers who adored him,” Hillsborough County. Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement. “Mr. Jackson was a devoted man who put his family and community above all else. Soccer aside, he touched countless lives through his Jackson In Action 83 Foundation.
“We share our passion for supporting military families, and three years ago, Jackson was named an honorary deputy by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office to recognize his dedication to the community. Not just soccer fans across the country will miss him. deeply, but also to the people here in Hillsborough County who reaped the benefits of his generous contributions. “
According to the sheriff’s office, Jackson was discovered at approximately 11:30 a.m. ET at the Homewood Suites in Brandon, Florida, by a housekeeper. He checked into the hotel, which is a few miles from his South Tampa residence, on January 11. On February 10, his family reported him missing and a formal report was presented the next day. Jackson was located at the hotel on February 12, and the missing person’s case was dropped.
There were no apparent signs of trauma. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office Sheriff’s Office is determining the cause of death and the Sheriff’s Office has an open investigation. He leaves behind a wife and four children.
Jackson last played in the NFL in 2016, culminating 12 years split between the Chargers and Buccaneers. In 155 career games, 137 of which he started, he had 540 receptions for 9,080 yards and 57 touchdowns. The last five years of his career were spent at Tampa Bay, where he ranks fourth in the club’s record books in receiving yards (4,326) and 10th in receptions with 268. Drafted by the Chargers in the second round (61 in overall) in 2005 from Northern Colorado, he is 10th in receiving yards (4,754) and tied for eighth in Chargers franchise history in touchdown receptions with Anthony Miller (37).
Jackson, a three-time Pro Bowler, was nominated for the Buccaneers’ Walter Payton Man of the Year for four consecutive seasons (2013-16). His Jackson Foundation in Action 83 was dedicated to helping military families and focused on the educational, emotional and physical health of children.
On Monday, the NFL community and the sports world took to Twitter to react to his passing.
Vincent Jackson was a personal friend. My wife and I are just as shocked and saddened as everyone else. We are so devastated that our friend is gone. We love you VJ … rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/ByeZ8EKR1w
– Charley Belcher FOX (@CharleyBelcher) February 15, 2021
It is very sad to hear about the passing of Vincent Jackson. A great competitor.
– Chad Greenway (@ chadgreenway52) February 15, 2021
Tremendous and tragic loss to the Tampa Bay community. One of the classiest professionals I have ever met. Prayers 🙏🏻 for Vincent Jackson’s family. He leaves behind a wife, four children, and an incredible legacy. Vincent was only 38 years old #BREAK pic.twitter.com/Tm6FPoyf6s
– Kevin ODonnell Fox13 (@ ODonnellFox13) February 15, 2021
Our hearts go out to the friends and family of Vincent Jackson, former UNC Football standout and star of the San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. https://t.co/KffI6rwloH
– Univ. Of Northern Colorado (@UNC_Colorado) February 15, 2021
Man … I just got home from the blizzard. Vincent Jackson passed away
He was a very good soccer player … I am absolutely disheartened by everyone involved. He left too soon. Rest easy, boss.
– Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) February 15, 2021
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.