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.
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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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org