Former NFL All-Pro Wide Receiver Vincent Jackson has been pronounced dead at the age of 38. Jackson was reportedly found dead at the Homewood Suites in Brandon, Florida on February 15 at approximately 11:30 a.m. According to the NFL, there were no signs of trauma found and a cause of death has yet to be revealed.
Four days ago, members of Jackson’s family had filed a missing persons report for the NFL star. Fortunately, authorities were able to locate and speak with Jackson. Shortly thereafter, the missing persons search was called off.
“My heart aches for the many loved ones Vincent Jackson leaves behind, from his wife and children to the Buccaneers nation that adored him,” Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said.
“Mr. Jackson was a devoted man who put his family and community above everything else. Football aside, he touched countless lives through his Jackson In Action 83 Foundation. We shared a passion for supporting military families, and three years ago, Jackson was even made an honorary deputy by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office to recognize his dedication to the community.”
Jackson is best known for his success on the field during his 12-year NFL career. Playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Diego Chargers, Jackson appeared in three Pro Bowls, amassed more than 9,000 receiving yards and scored 57 touchdowns. He retired in 2018.
In addition to his time as an NFL receiver, he earned a degree in business management from the University of South Florida in 2016. He also sponsored a military family at every home game during his time with the Buccaneers.