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Former NFL receiver Vincent Jackson found dead in Florida hotel

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Arizona Cardinals
GLENDALE, AZ – SEPTEMBER 18: Wide receiver Vincent Jackson #83 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers makes a reception against defensive back Tyvon Branch #27 of the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Buccaneers 40-7. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Former NFL wide receiver Vincent Jackson has died.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the 38-year-old Jackson was found dead at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Monday at the Homewood Suites in Brandon.

Jackson, who is a South Tampa resident, checked into the hotel on January 11, 2021, and had been staying in a room since that date, according to ESPN.

The former Pro Bowl receiver played 12 seasons in the NFL, five with the Buccaneers and seven with the Chargers.

“My heart aches for the many loved ones Vincent Jackson leaves behind, from his wife and children to the Buccaneers nation that adored him,” Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “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 football fans across the country, but also the people here in Hillsborough County who reaped the benefits of his generous contributions.”

According to ESPN, Jackson was reported missing on Wednesday and a formal report was filed Thursday but police found Jackson at the Homewood Suites on Friday.

In his 12 seasons in the league he made three Pro Bowls.