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Kickin' back with Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson

 By Stephen F. Holder, Times Staff Writer
 In Print: Sunday, November 25, 2012





Notice the hat of Vincent Jackson? The Bucs receiver, who says he would have become a full-time businessman if not for his NFL career, is financially involved in the company that makes it.
 





I understand you almost went to Columbia University. You must have been quite a student, yes?

Well, it was always education first for me. It's a one-in-a-million chance that you'll make it as a professional athlete, so education was always first in my household. Before I could go out and play sports, I had to take care of the books. It came down to Columbia or Northern Colorado. I had some Division II offers, too. I had a 4.1 GPA and was (fourth) in my class. Columbia was really appealing, but the Ivy League schools don't really give athletic scholarships. I didn't want to leave college with a bunch of loans. So I took the partial scholarship at Northern Colorado and ended up playing basketball my second year to get a little more (financial aid) to get my school taken care of.


What were your aspirations outside of football?

My interests have always been around business. Northern Colorado has a great business school; probably one of the top five west of the Mississippi. Now I invest in a few restaurants in San Diego. I've got a partnership in a real estate business out of Reno (Nev.). I'm involved in Lacer Headwear, which is the hat I'm wearing. I like to try some different things. And I'm always learning.


Why didn't anyone recruit you coming out of high school?

I don't know. I had size. I was 6-3, 190 (pounds). I played both ways, safety and receiver. I was honorable mention all-state and had decent numbers. We weren't a powerhouse in high school football. We were like 4-6 in my junior and senior year. And Colorado Springs is not exactly a hub for (college recruiting). It's not like schools from the SEC are coming around to recruit. I sent tapes out and got no callbacks.


You seem to know a little about hard work. You had a number of jobs when you were younger, right?

I've had a lot of odd jobs. My first job was working at a Super 8 motel cleaning rooms. My best friend's grandfather was the manager, and it was a summer job for us. We didn't, like, wear aprons or anything. We did maintenance. I also sold Kirby vacuum cleaners. Honestly, I did very well with it. I was a shy kid. I didn't like speaking in front of crowds. But somehow, I managed. I used to catch the moms at home in the afternoons and play with the kids and clean a couple spots on the carpet. And next thing you know, you're closing a deal. It was an experience. I also was a cook at the airport. I worked at a military base, in the kitchen. I worked at Domino's (pizza). That was one of my favorite jobs. You got to drive your own car. You kept all the tips, and they paid you a little money for your gas. Hey, I couldn't always ask mom and dad for money for a pair of new kicks all the time, so I worked. I wanted to be able to have a little independence.


Here are our weekly questions: What's playing the most on your iPod right now?

It's hard for me to pinpoint one thing because I have such variety. (Rapper) Kendrick Lamar had a recent album that I like. I like hip-hop. But I also listen to a good bit of country. Jason Aldean has a new record that's pretty good. You're going to find a lot of combinations with me. I listen to even classical music.


What website do you visit most?

Actually, Bloomberg.com. My financial adviser and I are pretty close, so we talk quite a bit. I'm always interested in the market and the economy. It just has a lot of good stories about what's going on overseas. I like to stay up on things.


This might be a dumb question, but is there a reality TV show you watch regularly?

I do actually watch some, but it's not like the Kardashians. I watch the ones on A&E; like stuff on alligator hunting and the gold rush show. I love that kind of stuff. I love Swamp People. And I love Food Network, too. I love food, and I love to cook. I like Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Man vs. Food. Intervention, too.


You like to cook? What's your best dish?

Right now, I'd say that turkey I fried (on Thanksgiving) was pretty good. I think I did a great job. I make a pretty good manicotti. I make grilled chicken tacos, too. Those are my two go-to things.


Your dad was in the Army, and you moved around a lot. What was your favorite place to live?

The time in Germany was probably most memorable. We actually lived off the base, and we were kind of in a little German community. We had a sheep pasture (nearby) that always had sheep. I always remember they would get out all the time. You'd wake up in the morning, and there'd be 40 sheep running through your front yard. You'd see the farmers trying to round them up. But it was great. While we were there, we went up to Sweden, visited Paris. I was about 10, so those memories are distinct. I think that's where I want to go in the offseason; take a trip back to Europe and see some different things as an adult.



. Biography

Vincent Jackson


Position: Receiver      Height/weight: 6-5, 230

Age: 30         Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.

College: Northern Colorado (then Division II, now Division I-AA); 177 catches (second in school history) for 3,548 yards (first) and 37 TDs (first); Great West Conference player of the year in 2004.

Pro: Drafted in the second round by the Chargers in 2005; 272 catches, 4,754 yards and 37 TDs over seven seasons; signed by the Bucs in March; has team highs of 42 catches, 863 yards and seven TDs; career-high 216 yards against the Saints on Oct. 21.

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#1 : November 25, 2012, 12:14:01 AM

Good read, such a great signing!


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#2 : November 25, 2012, 12:27:27 AM

Wow, I am liking this guy more and more the more I hear/read. The gold rush show is filmed in the town I live in up in Alaska. It blows me away how many folks down south watch it. So glad to have you Vjax, and glad to see you successful off the field as well as on. The football players with their head screwed on straight often don't get the spotlight. Nice article.

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#3 : November 25, 2012, 01:07:38 AM

Good dude.  My only regret is we didn't get him sooner.  If he stays healthy we should get a few good seasons out of him at least.


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#4 : November 25, 2012, 02:57:12 AM

Great read. May have just become my fav current Buc (outside of Ronde of course) with his Germany comments and of having lived there. To twitter it up #GoBucs #ProudGermanInCanada

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#5 : November 25, 2012, 07:45:41 AM

Lets hope he doesn't turn out to be a one year wonder. With us Trading Talib for his squabbles with the law I hope that VJ doesn't go backwards and we just did a trade off. Good read but still have fingers crossed...OBD


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#6 : November 25, 2012, 12:01:57 PM

Seems like an all-around type of person. Knows how lucky he is it seems. Good for him.

Naismith was right about Revis. Everyone else is a dummy.

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#7 : November 25, 2012, 12:31:47 PM

Lets hope he doesn't turn out to be a one year wonder. With us Trading Talib for his squabbles with the law I hope that VJ doesn't go backwards and we just did a trade off. Good read but still have fingers crossed...OBD
I don't knOw that the two compare at all. Talib never produced or elevated those around him to the degree of Vjax. I also dont think one run in with a DUI comPares with talib's legal troubles. Sounds like Vjax has a work ethic and commitment to personal excellence, just all around integrity that talib never had. All talib has is above average nfl talent. Vjax has elite talent and character.
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