Gone Too Soon: Vincent Jackson

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2021 was supposed to be way better than 2020 but so far that is off to a bit of a rough start. And it continued on Monday when news of Vincent Jackson’s death broke. Jackson was a fantastic wide receiver and made a name for himself with the San Diego Chargers back in the day. 

Vincent Jackson News

He was found dead in a Florida hotel room. On Wednesday, it was revealed that Jackson suffered from alcoholism. The Hillsborough County Sheriff said this about Jackson: 

“Just tragic,” Chronister said. “We haven’t got the toxicology report back, so we can’t say with any certainty that that was it, but a lot of long-standing health conditions that contributed to his passing because of some alcohol abuse.”

It seems like these issues are becoming all too common amongst retired NFL players and it is sad to hear. Jackson was reportedly arrested twice on drunk-driving charges in the past and it more than likely stems from this disease. 

Jackson played for just two teams over his NFL career. He was in San Diego for six years and then finished with the Bucs over the last five years. He was one of Tampa’s biggest free agent signings in the team’s history. He went there in 2012, signing a huge five-year, $55 million dollar contract. 

When the Buccaneers were truly bad, Jackson was one of the very few bright spots on the team. He was a staple on the Josh Freeman and Mike Glennon Bucs and he bailed those guys out time and time again. In three seasons with Tampa where he played all 16 games, Jackson never had under 1000 yards receiving. He caught 15 touchdown passes over his first two seasons with Tampa but the team was never good enough to get him to a place where the team could really do any damage. 

NFL Reacts to Vincent Jackson Loss

The NFL world is really grieving the lost star with tons of tributes piling in from his former teams and teammates who only had good things to say about the star. 

Shawn Merriman, the once terrifying defensive player for the Chargers, was drafted with Jackson and tweeted this, “You come in as teammates and you leave as brothers, some things are hard to understand and hard figure out why but I’m not questioning God’s plans. I’m going to miss those occasional calls to call me soft and me saying come say it to my face Sweety pie lol. Blue heart VJ.” 

Gerald McCoy played with Jackson for years in Tampa. He said this, 

“”It pains me to see this happen to such a great person at such a young age. A person who was more than a football player, he was a great husband and father who spent his life trying to help other people. Spreading love and joy and doing everything in his power to make the next man smile. Somebody I considered to be more than a teammate, he was truly a friend and one of my mentors in my young age of the NFL. My nickname for him was “the ultimate pro” because he did everything.” 

By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com

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