The investigation into Jackson’s death is ongoing. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement after Jackson was found deceased at the Homewood Suites in Brandon, Florida, around 11:30 a.m. Monday. According to the sheriff’s office, there were no apparent signs of trauma regarding Jackson’s death.
“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,” Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said in the statement. “Mr. Jackson was a devoted man who put his family and community above all else. Soccer aside, he touched countless lives through his Jackson In Action 83 Foundation. We share a passion for supporting military families , and three years ago, Jackson was even made an honorary deputy by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office to recognize his dedication to the community. “
“Not only will football fans across the country miss him deeply, but also the people here in Hillsborough County who reaped the benefits of his generous contributions.”
Jackson was one of the best wide receivers in the NFL throughout his career, finishing with 540 receptions for 9,080 yards and 57 touchdowns (16.81 yards per reception). He surpassed 1,000 yards in six different seasons and won three Pro Bowl selections. leading the NFL with 19.2 yards per catch in 2012. Jackson led all wide receivers in yards per catch from 2005 to 2016 (minimum 500 catches).
Jackson is fourth on the Buccaneers’ all-time receiving yards list at 4,326 and his 68.7 yards per game is the third in franchise history. Jackson holds the Buccaneers record for receiving yards in a game (216) and the longest receiving in a game (95 yards vs. New Orleans Saints in 2012). He is 10th on the Chargers’ all-time receiving yards list with 4,754 and tied for eighth in touchdowns with 37. His 17.5 receiving yards is the third in franchise history among players with more than 250 receptions.
A second-round pick in 2005 NFL Draft Hailing from northern Colorado, Jackson was the school’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, kickback yards, punt return yards and receiving touchdowns. Jackson retired from the NFL in 2018.
(This story was originally published by CBS Sports on February 15 at 5:07 p.m. ET)