Former NFL star, Widefield grad, Vincent Jackson found dead in Florida hotel room

Vincent Jackson
Posted at 3:46 PM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 00:38:02-05

BRANDON, Fla. — A Florida Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Diego Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson.

According to Scripps station WFTS in Hillsborough County Florida, the 38-year-old Jackson was found dead Monday at a Homewood Suites in Brandon, Florida.

Jackson went to Widefield High School and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado.

News 5 Sports Director spoke to Jackson's former position coach at Widefield Fred Marjerrison, who called the former Gladiator a once in a generation talent and person, who came from a loving military family

"I have been at a loss for words for it today," said Marjerriosn. "Really special kid - really outstanding young man. If anyone were to have boys, you would want them to carry themselves like Vince did. What a blessing it was to work with him."

According to WFTS, hotel staff said Jackson checked into the hotel on Jan. 11 and had been staying in that room since that date. On Feb. 10, deputies spoke with Jackson's family members who called to report he was missing. The next day, the sheriff's office found Jackson at the hotel and spoke with him. After assessing his well-being, the missing person case was canceled.

A housekeeper found Jackson dead on Monday morning.

WFTS reports this is an active investigation and the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office will determine the official cause of death.