Vincent Jackson , former NFL wide receiver, found dead in a Florida hotel Room

Kim Klement | USA TODAY Sports

Authorities say former NFL wide receiver Vincent Jackson was found dead Monday in a hotel room in Brandon, Florida.

The 38-year-old was found dead at the Homeland Suites in Brandon where he had been staying since January 11, the Hillsborough County Sherriff's office said in a news release.

Officials say they spoke with Jackson's family on February 10, after they called to report him missing. They said they had located Jackson at the Homeland Suites, last Friday and had spoken with him. According to the news release. the missing person's case was canceled after assessing Jackson's wellbeing.

Jackson was found by a housekeeper by the authorities around 11:30 am on Monday. Officials said there were no apparent signs of Trauma.

The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office is yet to determine the cause of death and identify Jackon's identity officially based on the DNA records.

Jackson played 12 seasons in the NFL, since first being drafted by San Diego Chargers in 2005. He spent his first seven seasons with the Chargers and the last five with Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Chargers (now LA Chargers) released a statement saying the team is shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic death. "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 statement read.

Buccaneers have also released a statement saying Jackson was a consummate professional during his five years with the team.

Jackson was nominated four times for the Walton Payton Man of the year for his advocacy for the military families. The award recognizes players who have had a positive impact on their community.

Publish : 2021-02-16 12:20:00

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