BRANDON, Fla. – Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson was found dead at Homewood Suites on Palm River Road in Brandon around 11:30 a.m. on Monday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Jackson was 38.
The sheriff’s office said there are no apparent signs of trauma and the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of death.
Deputies said Jackson checked into the hotel on Jan. 11 and had been staying in a room at the Homewood Suites.
Investigators said this past Wednesday Jackson’s family members called to report he was missing.
A report was filed on Thursday and deputies spoke with Jackson on Friday, at which point the missing person case was canceled, according to investigators.
The sheriff’s office said Jackson was found dead around 11:30 a.m. in his hotel room by a housekeeper.
“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,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said.
The goal of Jackson’s foundation was to support military families. One particular focus was targeted toward the education, emotional and physical health of children in military families.
Jackson played for the San Diego Chargers in the first seven years of his career and played the last five years of his career with the Bucs.
Buccaneers owner Bryan Glazer said he was shocked to hear the news.
“Vincent was a dedicated father, husband, businessman and philanthropist, who made a deep impact on our community through his unyielding advocacy for military families, supported by the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation,” Glazer said.
The wide receiver made three Pro Bowls.
“His greatest achievements as a Buccaneer were the four consecutive nominations he earned as our Walter Payton Man of the Year. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife, Lindsey, and the entire Jackson family,” Glazer said.
Jackson’s best season was in 2012 with the Bucs. He brought in 72 catches for 1,384 yards and eight touchdowns.
Jackson finished his career with 540 catches, 9,080 yards and 57 touchdowns.