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Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Vincent Jackson found dead in Brandon hotel room


The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said the 38-year-old was found dead on Monday at the Homewood Suites, located at 10240 Palm River Road in Brandon.


"My heart aches for the many loved ones Vincent Jackson leaves behind, from his wife and children to the Buccaneers nation that adored him," said Sheriff Chad Chronister in a statement.


Chronister said Jackson was made an honorary Hillsborough County deputy three years ago "to recognize his dedication to the community."


"During his five seasons with our franchise, Vincent was a consummate professional, who took a great deal of pride in his performance on and off the football field.


Vincent was a dedicated father, husband, businessman and philanthropist, who made a deep impact on our community through his unyielding advocacy for military families, supported by the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation," the team's statement read.


Jackson was a three-time Pro Bowl selection for the Bucs, but the team said "his greatest achievements as a Buccaneer were the four consecutive nominations he earned as our Walter Payton Man of the Year."






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