Former NFL wide receiver Vincent Jackson was found dead in a hotel in Brandon, Florida on Monday. He was 38 years old.
Jackson was born in Colorado Springs and played high school football at Widefield. The Denver Broncos posted a tribute to the late Colorado native on their Twitter page on Monday evening.
A Colorado native & NFL alum gone too soon. pic.twitter.com/Uk8q8jdCRm
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) February 16, 2021
Several former players also posted tributes.
RIP Vincent Jackson
— T.J. Ward (@BossWard43) February 15, 2021
Man I’m really sad about this. RIP Colorado legend. https://t.co/kLHV04L4Bo
— Chase Vaughn (@ChaseVaughn) February 15, 2021
RIP Vincent. One of the reasons I wanted to play for Northern Colorado. Your legacy will live on. https://t.co/QCrC2EiEQW
— Kyle Sloter (@KyleSloter) February 15, 2021
So many fond memories of playing against #vincentjackson because those #Broncos vs @Chargers battles were epic, and highly competitive #RIP VJ .. Man, I’m it’s crazy to hear about another one of my @NFL brothers #GoneTooSoon @erniemartinezSD https://t.co/KcRuzqxqyS
— Nick Ferguson (@NickFerguson_25) February 15, 2021
After playing college football at Northern Colorado, Jackson was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2005 NFL draft. He spent seven years with the Chargers before signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012.
In 14 career games against the Broncos, Jackson caught 43 passes for 691 yards and three touchdowns. During his 12-year career, Jackson hauled in 540 receptions for 9,080 yards and 57 touchdowns in 155 games.
Last fall, Broncos Wire published a list of the all-time greatest NFL players from Colorado. Jackson made the list as Denver’s starting wide receiver.
Jackson reached the Pro Bowl three times and he was nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award four years in a row. He announced his retirement from the NFL in 2018.