Ex-NFL recipient Vincent Jackson was discovered useless on the age of 38

Former NFL recipient Vincent Jackson was found dead in Florida Monday morning. He was 38 years old.

“My heart aches for the many loved ones Vincent Jackson leaves behind, from his wife and children to the Buccaneers nation who adored him,” said Chad Chronister, Sheriff of Hillsborough County, in a statement. “Mr. Jackson was a devoted man who put his family and community above all else. Besides soccer, he touched countless lives through his Jackson In Action 83 Foundation.

“We shared a passion for helping military families, and three years ago Jackson was even made an Honorary Representative by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office to recognize his commitment to the community. He will not only be sorely missed by football fans across the country.” but also the people here in Hillsborough County who benefited from his generous contributions. “

Jackson was discovered by a housekeeper at the Homewood Suites in Brandon, Florida around 11:30 a.m. ET, according to the sheriff’s office. He had checked into the hotel on January 11th, a few miles outside of his South Tampa residence. His family reported him missing on February 10th, and a formal report was filed the next day. Jackson was at the hotel on February 12, and the missing person’s case has been canceled.

There were no obvious signs of trauma. Hillsborough County Medical Examiner Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of death, and the sheriff’s office has an open investigation. He leaves behind a wife and four children.

Jackson last played in the NFL in 2016, ending the 12-year split between the Chargers and Buccaneers. In 155 career games, of which he started 137, he had 540 receptions for 9,080 yards and 57 touchdowns. He spent the last five years of his career in Tampa Bay, where he ranked fourth on the club’s record books for receiving shipyards (4,326) and tenth for receiving with 268. Of the Chargers in the second round (61st total), designed out of north Colorado in 2005, he’s tenth in receiving yards (4,754) and eighth in Chargers franchise history for touchdown receptions with Anthony Miller (37).

A three-time Pro Bowler, Jackson was named Buccaneers Walter Payton Man of the Year for four consecutive seasons (2013-16). His Jackson in Action 83 Foundation was devoted to supporting military families and focused on the educational, emotional, and physical health of children.

On Monday, the NFL community and the sports world took to Twitter in response to his death.

Vincent Jackson was a personal friend. My wife and I are just as shocked and sad as everyone else. We’re so devastated our friend is gone. We loved you VJ … rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/ByeZ8EKR1w

– Charley Belcher FOX (@CharleyBelcher) February 15, 2021

So sad to hear about the death of Vincent Jackson. Such a great competitor.

– Chad Greenway (@ chadgreenway52) February 15, 2021

Tremendous and tragic loss to the Tampa Bay community. One of the classiest professionals I have ever met. Prayers Vincent for Vincent Jackson’s family. He leaves a wife, four children and an incredible legacy. Vincent was only 38 #RIP pic.twitter.com/Tm6FPoyf6s

– Kevin ODonnell Fox13 (@ ODonnellFox13) February 15, 2021

Our hearts go out to the friends and family of Vincent Jackson, former UNC football star and the stars of the San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. https://t.co/KffI6rwloH

– Univ. of Northern Colorado (@UNC_Colorado) February 15, 2021

Man … just got home from the blizzard. Vincent Jackson passed away?

He was one hell of a football player. I am absolutely crazy about everyone involved. Gone way too early. Just take a rest, boss.

– Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) February 15, 2021

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