Vincent Terrell Jackson (January 14, 1983 – February 15, 2021) was an American professional football player who played as a wide receiver for 12 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Northern Colorado, and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jackson was selected to the Pro Bowl three times and exceeded 1,000 receiving yards six times in his career.
Both of Jackson’s parents served in the United States Armed Forces. He sponsored military families at every Buccaneers home game through the ‘Jackson in Action’ Front Row Fans section at Raymond James Stadium.
In November 2012, Jackson spoke to students at Northwest Elementary about the importance of physical fitness, helped present a $10,000 Play 60 grant, and led students through a physical education class to congratulate the winners of the Play 60 Super School contest.
In 2016, Jackson graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Business Management.
On February 15, 2021, Jackson was found dead by a housekeeper in a room at Homewood Suites near Brandon, Florida. There were no apparent signs of trauma. On February 17, the sheriff of Hillsborough County announced that Jackson’s family said he may have suffered from chronic alcoholism, which contributed to his death. He also stated that they believed he suffered from the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which can only be confirmed after death from a biopsy of the brain. The family responded that the sheriff did not speak on their behalf. They donated Jackson’s brain to the Boston University CTE Center. His body was cremated after his family held a private funeral service.
Jackson’s family confirmed on December 16, 2021, that researchers had discovered Stage 2 CTE in his brain. On December 22, the Hillsborough County Florida Medical Examiner concluded that official cause of Jackson’s death was chronic alcohol use. – Available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License from Wikipedia.