Vincent Jackson, a former NFL wide receiver for the Chargers and Buccaneers, died at age 38. Jackson was found dead in a hotel room in Florida, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said. The standout receiver was drafted in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft to the formerly known San Diego Chargers playing seven seasons with them and also playing five seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Jackson was born on January 14, 1983 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Jackson attended Widefield High School in Colorado Springs. His Senior year he was a Rocky Mountain News All-State Honorable mention, a first-team all-conference pick, and a first-team all-area pick. The Colorado native decided to attend the University of Northern Colorado to play football and basketball. Jackson earned All-American honors as a punt returner his freshman year, scoring the first time he touched the ball on a punt return. He became Northern Colorado’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, kick return yards, punt return yards, and receiving touchdowns. While he was at Northern Colorado he also started for Northern Colorado in basketball during his senior year.
Jackson was selected 61st overall in the 2005 NFL Draft to the former San Diego Chargers. While playing for the Chargers he was targeted 272 times, he had 4754 receiving yards and 37 receiving touchdowns over seven seasons. His last season with San Diego he caught 60 passes for 1106 yards for 9 touchdowns. He was selected to play in the Pro Bowl twice while at San Diego, in 2009 and 2011.
He was then traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012 and in his first season Jackson had 1384 yards with 72 receptions and 8 touchdowns. Over the next five years of his career with the Buccaneers he had 268 receptions for 4326 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns. He was selected to play in a Pro Bowl game after his 2012 season with the Buccaneers.
The news of Vincent Jackson’s death stunned many professional athletes and had a great effect on many of his former teammates such as Mike Evans. Jackson was remarkably one of the greatest receivers to play for both the San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.