The Los Angeles Chargers have officially released a statement regarding the death of their former star wide receiver Vincent Jackson. The team’s official Twitter account posted the statement along with a photo of Jackson on Monday evening.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by news of Vincent Jackson’s sudden passing,” the Chargers posted. “Vincent was a fan favorite not only for his Pro Bowl play on the field but for the impact he made on the community off of it. The work he has done on behalf of military families through his foundation in the years since his retirement has been an inspiration to all of us.”
“Gone too soon 💙” the Chargers account wrote in addition to their official statement.
The statement continues, “We simply cannot believe he’s gone, and our hearts go out to his wife Lindsey, their children, his parents, former teammates and everyone whose lives were touched by having known Vincent.”
Police in Florida are still investigating the death of the former Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office made the announcement of Jackson’s death on Monday. According to reports, he was found dead in a hotel room in Brandon, a suburb of Tampa Bay. Jackson was just 38 years old.
Meanwhile, reports surfaced stating that Jackson had been living in the Homewood Suites hotel since Jan. 11. His family had reported him missing five days ago.
There has been no determination so far to his cause of death. However, reports say that there were no immediate signs of trauma.
Vincent Jackson is survived by his wife Lindsey and three children, Carter, Amaya, and Dominick.
Legacy of the Former Los Angeles Chargers Receiver
Vincent Jackson put together an impressive career during his 12-season NFL career. He was a three-time Pro Bowler from 2005-16.
The 6’5″, 230-pound target was a nightmare matchup for opposing defensive backs thanks to his size. He recorded six seasons with more than 1,000 receiving yards along. In total, he compiled 540 career catches for 9,080 yards and 57 touchdowns.
Jackson will likely be remembered for his first seven seasons as part of the Los Angeles Chargers’ high-powered offense. They featured a number of star players including, Philip Rivers, LaDainian Tomlinson, ad Antonio Gates.
However, Jackson played his last five seasons as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Even after retiring, he stayed active in the Tampa community. Jackson opened three restaurants and co-owned seven of them.
Furthermore, the legacy of Vincent Jackson will live on through his Jackson In Action 83 foundation. Proceeds raised by the non-profit go to support members of the military and their families.