Terrible news out of Florida today, where long-time San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson was found dead. He was just 38 years old.
The three-time Pro Bowler had been staying at a Homewood Suites in Brandon, Florida since January 11, according to reports, but was reported missing last week. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death, after Jackson was discovered deceased in a hotel room on Monday. There were no immediate signs of trauma, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Chad Chronister released the following statement, per News Channel 8 in Tampa:
“My heart aches for the many loved ones Vincent Jackson leaves behind, from his wife and children to the Buccaneers nation that adored him. 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. He will be sorely missed by not only football fans across the country, but also the people here in Hillsborough County who reaped the benefits of his generous contributions.”
Jackson retired from the NFL in May 2018 after 12 seasons. Thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones, his family, and his friends.