Bucs wide receiver great Vincent Jackson, 38, has passed away according to the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Department.

Jackson was found deceased on Monday at the Homewood Suites in Brandon, Florida. The sheriffs office reported there was no apparent signs of trauma and the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of death.

According to reports Jackson checked into the motel on January 11 and had been staying there since that time. His family had reported him missing a day earlier and a missing persons report was filed. Once Jackson was located the missing persons case was closed.

Bucs WR Vincent Jackson

Bucs WR Vincent Jackson – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Sheriff Chad Chronister issued a statment.

“My heart aches for the many loved ones Vincent Jackson leaves behind, from his wife and children to the Buccaneers nation that adored him,” Sheriff Chad Chronister. “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 began his career with the Chargers and played seven seasons in San Diego before signing as a free agent with the Buccaneers in 2012, signing a 5-year, $55.55 million contract. Jackson spent the next five season in Tampa Bay and finished his career with the Buccaneers fourth in franchise history with 4,326 receiving yards.

The Buccaneers released a statement on the passing of Jackson.

“We are shocked and saddened to hear the terrible news regarding the loss of Vincent Jackson. 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 made a deep impact on 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.”

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5 months ago


5 months ago

god blessVJax. My heart ģoes out to his family.

5 months ago

So sorry to hear! Jackson was one helluva WR. Very athletic and could make all the catches! Gone to soon.

5 months ago

He was a class act both on and off of the field RIP

5 months ago

That was a shocker today! Sad

5 months ago

Very sad at my house today with this news. Great guy that will be missed by all us Bucs fans.

Captain Sly
5 months ago

Truly tragic! Vincent Jackson will be missed by this Bucs Fan. Thoughts & Players to his family. May he Rest In Peace

5 months ago

RIP. Such a great player. Got to see him play many times. So sorry to hear this. He missed out on being on the Super Bowl Team.

5 months ago

So so very sad. VJax was the only bright spot in offense this team had until the drafting of Mike Evans and he helped Mike as a rookie and both of them on the field helped us all have hope in dismal years.

As an OEF vet myself, I was able to meet VJax as an inpatient when he toured Bay Pines- he was such a humble, selfless guy.

And being the same age, this is shocking and heartbreaking. My wife still wore his jersey to work this past season.

My heart and prayers go out to his family.

Last edited 5 months ago by MIArmysoldier
5 months ago

Tragic news. RIP, VJax

5 months ago

RIP, sir.

5 months ago

Geez man how freakin sad. He was a good Dude and a great player. Really helped Evans along and did a lot for the community. I just heard him call into 620 about the Super Bowl like the week before or the day after or something. So sad and far too young. RIP VJax… You will be missed 😔

5 months ago

RIP VJax. Damn. What an unexpected and tragic loss. I forgot or didn’t realize his off the field humanitarian contributions, which makes it so much tougher. I was only remembering him as a big FA acquisition for the Bucs and being a huge fan of his while with the team.

Freeman, Mike Williams and himself did some damage one year. What a mentor for a rookie in Mike Evans… damn. Thoughts are with his family.

Alldaway 2.0
5 months ago

This is sad. I remember him as a draft prospect coming out and with a bright future.

5 months ago

This is really a shocker. Jackson always presented himself well to Buc Nation and the community. Can’t help but wonder….If this is related to one of those infamous football brain injury things. More will probably be revealed later.He was a good man who had a great football career. Rest In Peace Sir.