Former Pro Bowl WR Vincent Jackson Found Dead at 38

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office located in Tampa, Florida, former San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver, Vincent Jackson, was found dead in a hotel room Monday. Jackson was 38 years old. Jackson was reported missing by his family on Wednesday, but after being located by police at the hotel on Friday, the missing person case was closed. Currently, the cause or reason for death is unknown and under investigation. Jackson leaves behind his wife Lindsey VanDeweghe and three children.

Jackson’s College Career

Vincent Jackson was an electrifying playmaking wide receiver in the NFL, but he always wasn’t well known. Jackson wasn’t highly recruited coming out of Widefield High School in Colorado Springs but went on to play college football at the University of Northern Colorado. Jackson, a three-time NFL pro-bowler, is the most recognizable football player to come out of Northern Colorado. Jackson left the University of Northern Colorado as the all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. 

San Diego Star

The San Diego Chargers took a chance on Jackson in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Looking back at the 2005 NFL Draft, Jackson was one of the most productive players in the entire draft and one of the best receivers drafted along with Roddy White and Mark Clayton. Jackson emerged as a pro bowl caliber receiver for the Chargers shortly into his career but battled injuries throughout his time in the league. 

Jackson’s best season as a Charger came in 2009, with 68 receptions of 1167 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Jackson was a major reason the Chargers were a playoff contender and was one of Phillip Rivers’s favorite targets not named Antonio Gates. In seven seasons as a Charger, Jackson totaled 272 receptions for 4,754 yards and 37 touchdowns.

Jackson to Tampa Bay

In 2012 the Tampa Bay Buccaneers landed Vincent Jackson in free agency, signing the star wide receiver to a five-year $55.55 million deal. Jackson immediately impacted the Buccaneers, making the pro bowl in his first year down in Tampa Bay. That season, Jackson caught 72 passes for a career-high 1,384 yards. During his time in Tampa Bay, Jackson accumulated a total of 268 receptions for 4,326 yards and 20 touchdowns over five seasons.

Bryan Glazer, the Buccaneers owner, and co-chairman responded to Jackson’s death in a Twitter statement.

“We are shocked and saddened to hear the terrible news regarding the loss of Vincent Jackson,” said Glazer. “During his five seasons with our franchise, Vincent was a consummate professional, who took a great deal of pride in his performance on and off the football field.”

Vincent was a dedicated father, husband, businessman, and philanthropist who deeply impacted our community through his unyielding advocacy for military families, supported by the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection for his accomplishments on the field, but his greatest achievements as a Buccaneer were the four consecutive nominations he earned as our Walter Payton Man of the Year.

“Our deepest condolences go out to his wife, Lindsey, and the entire Jackson family.”

The impact of Jackson is being noticed in the Chargers and Buccaneers communities and across the entire league. 

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Remembering Vincent Jackson   

Vincent Jackson Found Dead

Oct 10, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) lines up during the first half against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. The Bucs defeated the Panthers 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Vincent Jackson will be remembered as a leader on and off the field and someone who did not have the easiest path to the NFL, but once he made it, he made it count. Jackson served as a mentor to current Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans during the early years of his career. Jackson’s passing comes as crushing news to Evans, who just weeks ago won his first career Super Bowl with Tampa Bay. Evans went to Twitter to remember his former teammate saying,

“V Jax, thank you for everything I love you, big bro. Praying for your family Rest in Paradise.”

Evans came to Tampa as a rookie in 2014 and formed an immediate duo with Jackson. 

Rest in Peace, Vincent Jackson.

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