Former NFL wide receiver Vincent Jackson, a Pro Bowl player with the Chargers and Buccaneers, was found dead in a Florida hotel room on Monday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.
Jackson was 38. He played for the Chargers from 2005-11 and for Tampa Bay from 2012-16.
The Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that Jackson was reported as missing by his family last Wednesday, then located two days later at a Homewood Suites in Brandon, Fla., where hotel staff said he checked in Jan. 11. After speaking with Jackson and assessing his well-being, officers canceled the missing persons case.
His body was discovered by a housekeeper at the hotel at approximately 11:30 a.m. EST on Monday.
There were no apparent signs of trauma, the statement said, and the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of death.
“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 in a statement. “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…