Some gorgeous information hit the NFL circuit on Monday when former Professional Bowl huge receiver Vincent Jackson was discovered lifeless in a Florida resort room. Jackson, who spent 12 seasons within the NFL taking part in for the San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was simply 38 years previous.
Police are investigating Jackson’s loss of life however say there have been no obvious indicators of trauma.
Jackson’s final NFL season got here with the Buccaneers in 2016 and he was one of many league’s prime huge receivers all through his profession. The three-time Professional Bowler pulled in 540 catches for 9,080 yards and 57 touchdowns over the course of his profession whereas ending with greater than 1,000 yards in six completely different seasons.
After the sobering information broke on Monday, a number of present and former NFL gamers memorialized Jackson through social media — together with former teammates Mike Evans, who shared a receivers room with Jackson in Tampa Bay, and Shawne Merriman, who was drafted to the Chargers alongside Jackson in 2005.
The tributes and condolences continued to roll in all through the day.
The Buccaneers and Chargers additionally launched statements addressing Jackson’s passing.
“We’re shocked and deeply saddened by information of Vincent Jackson’s sudden passing,” the Chargers mentioned in an announcement. “Vincent was a fan favourite not just for his Professional Bowl play on the sphere however for the impression he made on the group off of it. The work he has achieved on behalf of army households via his basis within the years since his retirement has been an inspiration to all of us. We merely can’t imagine he is gone, and our hearts exit to his spouse, Lindsey, their kids, his mother and father, former teammates and everybody whose lives had been touched by having identified Vincent.”
“We’re shocked and saddened to listen to the horrible information concerning Vincent Jackson’s passing,” wrote Buccaneers co-owner Bryan Glazer. “Throughout his 5 seasons with our franchise, Vincent was a consummate skilled, who took quite a lot of pleasure in his efficiency on and off the soccer area. Vincent was a devoted father, husband, businessman and philanthropist, who made a deep impression on our group via his unyielding advocacy for army households, supported by the Jackson in Motion 83 Basis. He was a three-time Professional Bowl choice for his accomplishments on the sphere, however his biggest achievements as a Buccaneer had been the 4 consecutive nominations he earned as our Walter Payton Man of the 12 months. Our deepest condolences exit to his spouse, Lindsey, and your complete Jackson household.”