Buccaneers WR Mike Evans Pays Tribute to Former Teammate Vincent Jackson After His Death

by Charles Craighill

In the wake of the death of former NFL receiver Vincent Jackson, his former teams and teammates have poured in their thoughts and prayers. Both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles Chargers have released statements about the tragedy. The most recent to join the list of mourners is the Buccaneers current superstar receiver, Mike Evans. The Pro Bowler gave his thoughts on Twitter earlier today.

“V Jax thank you for everything,” Mike Evans said in the Tweet to Vincent Jackson. “I love you, big bro. Praying for your family, Rest in Paradise.”

The two All-Pro wide receivers played on the same Tampa Bay Buccaneers team for three years between 2014 and 2016. Vincent Jackson acted as a mentor to the young Mike Evans in his first years in the NFL. They made a great dynamic threat in those two years as they both had similar builds. Two large, physical wide receivers gave defenses trouble on who to defend.

Vincent Jackson Found Dead at 38

Details surrounding the death of Vincent Jackson have not yet been clarified by the authorities. With that said, we do know that a hotel maid found him dead in a hotel room earlier today. Authorities declared him dead upon arrival. While the cause of death remains unclear, his body showed no signs of trauma. More details from the case should be released later this week.

Leading up to his death, Vincent Jackson apparently checked into the Homewood Suites in Brandon, Florida on January, 11 and had been staying there since. Strangely, his family filed a missing person report for Jackson last Wednesday. However, police located Jackson at the Homewood Suites and canceled the case. Now, less than a week later, he was found dead.

No details have come out about any foul play, however, the events leading up to his death raise a few questions. With that said, no single thing in Vincent Jackson’s track record suggests any wrong-doing. In fact, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers nominated Vincent Jackson for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award four times in his five years with the team. This was due to his work with military veterans with his Jackson in Action 83 Foundation.