Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson was found dead in a Brandon, Florida hotel room on Monday (February 15). The 38-year-old was confirmed dead by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, who also added that they’re investigating the situation.
Hotel staff said Jackson checked into the hotel on Jan. 11 and had been staying in that room since that date. Jackson’s family called the sheriff’s department on Feb. 10, who reported that he was missing. However, the missing person case was canceled after they spoke with Jackson the following day and assessed his well-being. On Monday (February 15), a housekeeper found Jackson dead around 11:30 am.
Jackson spent seven seasons with the San Diego Chargers after being a second-round pick in 2005. He made two Pro Bowls with the Chargers and he went on to sign a five-year deal with the Buccaneers in 2012. He finished the 2016 season on injured reserve and officially retired from the NFL in 2018.