Former Widefield, NFL football star Vincent Jackson dies
Last updated 2/15/2021 at 4:01pm
Vincent Jackson, a former Widefield High School football star who went on to play professionally for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Diego Chargers, was found dead in his hotel room Monday.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) is investigating the death.
According to hotel staff, Jackson, 38, a South Tampa resident, checked into a hotel in Brandon, Fla., on Jan. 11 and had been staying there since that date.
On Feb. 10, HCSO spoke with Jackson's family members who called to report that he was missing. A formal report was filed on Feb. 11. The following day, HCSO located Jackson at the Homewood Suites and spoke with him. After assessing Jackson's well-being, the missing persons case was canceled.
Jackson was located deceased at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 15 in his hotel room by a housekeeper.
There are no apparent signs of trauma. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office will determine the cause of death, as well as officially identify Jackson's remains based on dental or DNA records. HCSO has notified Jackson's next of kin of his passing.
Jackson was well loved in the sports world, but he is also remembered for his generous philanthropic efforts.
"My heart aches for the many loved ones Vincent Jackson leaves behind, from his wife and children to the Buccaneers nation that adored him," Sheriff Chad Chronister said. "Mr. Jackson was a devoted man who put his family and community above everything else. Football aside, he touched countless lives through his Jackson In Action 83 Foundation. We shared 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. He will be sorely missed by not only football fans across the country, but also the people here in Hillsborough County who reaped the benefits of his generous contributions."