Vincent Jackson, a former receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was found dead in a Florida hotel room. Find out more about his sudden death at the age of 38.
Police investigating the death of Vincent Jackson.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver was found dead at Homewood Suites in Brandon, Florida, on Monday, February 15. He was 38 years old.
In a press release, police said a housekeeper found Vincent dead in her hotel room. Cause of death has yet to be determined, but authorities said there were no obvious signs of trauma.
My heart aches for the many loved ones Vincent Jackson leaves behind, from his wife and children to the nation of Buccaneers who adored him, Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement.
The sheriff recalled that Vincent was named an honorary deputy by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office as a way to recognize his commitment to the community.
In the days before his death, Vincent’s relatives contacted authorities and called to report that Vincent was missing. A formal report was presented on February 11.
A day later, police said they found Vincent at the Homewood Suites and spoke with him. After evaluating his well-being, the missing persons case was dropped.
Vincent was a world-class athlete in both soccer and basketball at the University of Northern Colorado. He would eventually be called up to the San Diego Chargers in 2005, where he played in two Pro Bowls before moving to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012.
He would eventually retire in 2016 after 540 receptions for 9,080 yards and 57 touchdowns.
Shortly after his sudden death made headlines, many members of the sports community paid tribute online.
Vincent Jackson was a beloved member of the Buccaneers and our community, ESPN Buccaneers reporter Jenna Laine wrote on Twitter. For those who have not followed Vincent Jackson’s career in Tampa.
He and his wife Lindsey hosted baby showers for military families. They wrote a series of children’s books to help families with their transmission. He represented all that is good about Tampa Bay. We love him.