Ex-Buccaneers Star Vincent Jackson Dies at 38, Team Releases Statement

by Charles Craighill

Vincent Jackson the legendary NFL wide receiver died earlier today. He died at only 38 years old. A hotel maid found his body in a hotel room on February 15. Authorities declared him dead soon after the maid found his body. Police have not revealed the official cause of death, however, his body showed no signs of trauma.

In the wake of the dreadful news, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released a statement about their former star receiver’s death. They released the statement on Twitter just a few hours after the news about Vincent Jackson came out.

“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,” Bryan Glazer, the Buccaneers’ owner wrote in the statement.

In his career, Vincent Jackson played 12 seasons in the NFL. He played seven seasons with the San Diego Chargers and five seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In his career, he made the Pro Bowl three times, twice with the Chargers and once with the Buccaneers. He retired after the 2016 NFL season after a solid career as a wide receiver.

Vincent Jackson Supports Military Families

Beyond his incredible career on the field, Vincent Jackson also involved himself with philanthropy off the field. He founded the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation, which helped military veterans and their families. He also contributed to several other military veteran charities. In fact, his charitable actions led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to nominate him for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award on four separate occasions.

“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,” the statement continues. “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, Lindsay, and the entire Jackson family.”