Vincent Jackson was tragically found dead in his hotel room in Brandon, Florida on February 15.
The body of the former San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers star was discovered late Monday morning by a hotel maid. He was just 38 years old.
Further, the devastating development comes a few days after a missing person report was filed by Jackson’s family on February 10. However, on February 11, local police met with Jackson and deemed him to be okay.
As the news begins to reach the nation and NFL universe, fans are understandably mourning his death.
“Wow I can’t believe this most definitely a legend very underrated. Dat was my favorite player to play with on madden. R.I.P. Vincent Jackson” writes @kingwess26.
@ChrisJames5980, a Buccaneers fan, is still struggling to grasp the news.
“Please tell me this is a joke right come on guys please tell me this is a joke this is all a prank right there’s no way Vincent Jackson is dead”
Another Tampa local, user @tampa_tony90, highlighted Vincent Jackson’s foundation, Jackson In Action 83 Foundation. The foundation looked to assist military families.
“Damn. RIP Vincent Jackson.. Your Jackson in Action foundation has helped Military families near and far to the Tampa Bay community.. a community that prides itself on its Military members. My condolences to his family and loved ones. Sad day #Buccaneers #Chargers #TampaBay”
Vincent Jackson Death Affecting Chargers Fans
While Jackson was living in the Tampa area and became a beloved player with the Bucs, he started with the San Diego Chargers. Additionally, two of his three Pro Bowl selections came with the team.
As user @Bomboochi points out, Jackson’s contributions won’t be forgotten.
“R.I.P. Vincent Jackson. I was so bummed the chargers let you go. Back when we had Malcom Floyd, LT, Gates, etc..Oncs a bolt always a bolt”
Chargers fan @playboiricky23 also added his sentiments.
“RIP Vincent Jackson….. loved watching this dude play with the chargers when i was a kid.”
Before he became one of the NFL’s most well-known receivers, Jackson grinded in Greeley, Colorado. He attended Northern Colorado, and was then drafted by the Chargers in the second-round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
“Vincent Jackson may not have been a Ram but he was one of the greatest NFL players to come out of this state. Thinking of our friends in the Northern Colorado community & the Jackson family.” tweeted the @DNVR_Rams.