Vincent Jackson Is Dead

February 15th, 2021

UPDATED: 6:03 p.m. – Awful news breaking this afternoon.

Tampa TV news outlets are reporting that former Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson is dead. He was 38 years old and had remained living in the Bay area following his NFL retirement after the 2016 season.

Per WFLA-TV, Jackson’s body was discovered today in a Brandon hotel room. There was no visible trauma to the body, per WFLA; Jackson checked in to the hotel Jan. 11 and his family reported him missing on Feb. 10. Police found him and spoke with him, per the report, and that ended the law enforcement situation.

Jackson had many local business interests and recently was focusing mostly on real estate, so he told SiriusXM NFL Radio in January. He also was known for his relentless charity work, especially with military families. And Jackson spoke recently about coaching his young son’s flag football team.

Jackson joined the Bucs as a big-money free agent in 2012. He made the Pro Bowl that season and had three consecutive seasons of 1,000-yards-or-more receiving before knee injuries derailed his career.

[6:03 p.m.] The Buccaneers released a statement concerning Jackson’s passing


Joe will update as details emerge.

146 Responses to “Vincent Jackson Is Dead”

  1. SB~LV Says:

    Oh no ! What a great guy !

  2. 813bucboi Says:


    prayers to his family


  3. Joe in Michigan Says:

    RIP, Sir. Sad news.

  4. Youngbucs Says:

    Huge fan of his this is bull crap rip v Jax.

  5. JayK Says:

    I was lucky to meet VJ83 a few times a couple years ago. Dude was cut from a different cloth. Super humble and super nice. You won’t see another guy like him ever.

  6. Davenport Says:

    Damn. So young. That is hard news.

  7. SKBucsfan Says:

    So sad to hear. Condolences to his family.

  8. Kenneth Holley Says:

    RIP, A Buc Legend , so sad. RIP 83 🙏

  9. Cainishere Says:

    OMG What a wonderful man he was. Incredible competitor and I felt the Bucs should have kept him as he was a Mike Evans clone IMO. What a sad day this is now.

  10. SmoothBayRider Says:

    There is something really fishy about a millionaire dying in an extended stay hotel less than 30 minutes from his mansion .

  11. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Wow rip

  12. Mike C Says:

    SMH, sad news for sure

  13. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    Wow that’s horrible.

    What’s worse is I don’t think we are going to hear good things about how his life ended with this situation.

    Horrific, He has been one of the better more upstanding people we have had to wear the uniform over the years.

  14. Jimmy Says:

    So sad! He’s a great guy. Even have his jersey. Rest In Peace!

  15. DaBux Says:

    OMG, he was one of the nicest players I’ve ever met. What the hell!?!?!?

  16. Captain Solyard Says:

    RIP V-Jax…very sad indeed!

  17. Cainishere Says:

    I would feel even worse if it was due to depression. He apparently never left Florida since leaving the Buccaneers and if his depression was football related this will seriously suck. We have to remember things like this when we rattle off how this person should go and that person needs traded or needs to retire, these men have feelings too.

  18. Mike Says:

    Dang, that is terrible news. V-Jax was a great Buc!

  19. Cannon Says:

    Damn… so friggin young

    Hell… if his knees hadn’t given out, he would still be young enough to play

  20. Leighroy Says:

    Very shocking, very sad, very disheartening to hear the limited details so far. RIP to a great player and an even better man in the community.

  21. richardtyson Says:

    This is horrible news. Rest In Peace and condolences go out to those close to him.

  22. SB~LV Says:

    Depression can be crushing , RIP so sad

  23. Cainishere Says:

    I certainly hope that the Buccaneers will keep their flags at half staff for Mr. Jackson. I also hope that the team shows some sort of support to the family.

  24. TampaTown Says:

    Omg. His poor family. May he rest on peace and my prayers will certainly go out to his extended family

  25. Buc You Says:

    When other players were kneeing, Jackson always respected. RIP

  26. EA Says:

    RIP VJ.

  27. unbelievable Says:

    That’s awful. No doubt the details of what happened will be sad. Wonder if it was a relapse.

    He was great during his time here in Tampa, very respected and a consummate professional! Vibes to his family. RIP V-Jax.

  28. Buczilla Says:

    Gosh damn. Rest in peace man.

  29. james west Says:


  30. Rayjay1122 Says:

    That is extremely tragic news. Prayers to his family.

  31. tmaxcon Says:

    Don’t forget Some of the most embarrassing football mankind as ever witnessed earth was played with vjax and cancer93 as captains. Death of a man does not rewrite history…

  32. REDZONE BA Says:

    Terrible news, extremely sad to hear. Prayers and condolences to his family.

  33. CalBucsFan Says:

    So sorry to hear this, I loved watching him play out here when he was with San Diego, and was s-o-o-o happy when he joined the Bucs. Prayers for his wife and children, RIP Vincent.

  34. Cainishere Says:

    Buccaneers as a team should go ahead and add him to the Buccaneer’s Ring of Honor, as he was most definitely an honorable man on and off the field.
    Make it happen Buccaneers!

  35. Miller5252 Says:

    One of the best free agents ever brought to Tampa, if not the best. I don’t just say that because his on field production but even more for everything he did off the field. So many stories of him being great off the field! Very sad to hear and I hope he now has found peace. The community will truly miss who he was and what he did!

  36. Architek Says:

    Have mercy!

  37. FrankPillow Says:

    VJax’s sweet fingertip game-winner against the Steelers up in Pittsburgh…that’s how I want to remember him…such a sad, terrible day.

  38. Buc4evr Says:

    Prayers for his soul and for his family. Rest In Peace number 83, you will never be forgotten.

  39. Gettinthebucs Says:

    Definitely one of my favorite bucs. I feel bad for his family. ME13 gotta be legit shook right now.

  40. Wesley Says:

    prayers to his family. Heart broken.

  41. lambchop Says:

    Damn, sad news. RIP homey. Just terrible news.

  42. Buc1987 Says:

    RIP Vjax.

    Peeps he was a Charger too for SEVEN yrs….does that make him a “great Buc”?

  43. adam from ny Says:

    this is horrible…

    i heard him talking with ian beckles on wdae not more than a couple weeks ago…

    he sounded upbeat and really good, and was a good listen…

    so young, so sad to hear…


  44. Buc1987 Says:

    Cainishere…he only played for FIVE seasons in Tampa and you want him in the ROH.


  45. I CARE NOW Says:

    Dang, this blows. I’m getting a very Jr. Seau feeling from this. Terrible Terrible Terrible news. I’m hoping the it has something to do with CTE and an accidental OD or even the “Jab”.

    Please God don’t let this be….. Can’t even say it.

    I am so sad, dude was my favorite player and person for years.

    RIP brother and Peace be with the family. Love and Prayers.

  46. Oxycondoms Says:

    Feel for his family. Never wouldve predicted something like this happen to him, sad news

  47. SCBucsFan Says:

    He seemed to really be into charity work in the area. He will be missed.

  48. buxszntkt Says:

    Had an unproductive visit to bucs training camp with my son one year. No exciting autographs. My customer rep. for season ticket holders ended up sending me a buxs hat signed by v.jax. Very sad news !

  49. Devinwhiteshorse Says:

    Sad news indeed. Loved vjax! Same age as me very young. RIP condolences to his loved ones

  50. Destinjohnny Says:

    Awful news man. What a great guy.
    I am curious about what happened ?
    Something does sound weird about the story

  51. Alexstotle Says:

    A legit great player and great person. This is sad to see

  52. Koryc Says:

    VJax was one of the only bright Florida suns we had during the decade of lost years. Loved watching him play and his work off the field. Rest In Peace

  53. Mort Says:

    Oh no. This is super sad. Curious as the cause of death, because there is definitely something bigger here. You don’t just accidentally die in a hotel room across town from your house.

  54. LongSeason Says:

    Very sad news. For those arguing ROH, let that rest for another day. Time to mourn and remember VJax as a great player, teammate, philanthropist, patriot, and family man.

  55. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Rest Well Bredren

  56. unbelievable Says:

    Ah, good to see t maxipad is still around here, being the same worthless POS he’s always been.

    Never change, loser.

  57. Gofortheface30 Says:

    1987 – I’m having a hard time understanding your energy in regards to not belonging in ring of honor, and your “he was with the chargers for longer broooooo, so how was he a great buc.” What’s your deal, seems tone deaf AT BEST, to go on about your trivial opinion that is really neither here nor there right now

  58. Locked In Says:

    How sad. I remember seeing him at Lightning games – with the Sticks of Fire fans! RIP

  59. Leighroy Says:

    Shameful post by tmaxcon at a moment like this. You’re a disgrace

  60. Locked In Says:

    @t-max – totally classless comment, but great way to crawl out from under your rock. Now go back under.

  61. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Care Now…

    You’re a strange person.

  62. Duemig from HELL Says:

    He’s not w/ me down here

  63. kyle Says:

    tmax is the shi..t remaining on the bowl after diarrhea RIP VJax

  64. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I live here in Brandon, so I heard about this before this article.

  65. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    SmoothBayRider Says:
    “There is something really fishy about a millionaire dying in an extended stay hotel less than 30 minutes from his mansion.”

    I hate to speculate, but this is the first thought that I had.

    One of my favorite players. Definitely deserved a better team with better results. I hope his family can find peace.

  66. Alexstotle Says:

    Tmaxcon is scum. Hateful heart only allows you to be more alone.

    RIP Vincent. You are a role model and a great human

  67. kyle Says:

    good for you chris… its awful he has 4 kids..

  68. admin Says:

    “There is something really fishy about a millionaire dying in an extended stay hotel less than 30 minutes from his mansion.”

    And the family filed a missing persons report.

  69. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Tmax, you must lead a miserable life dude!

  70. Bird Says:

    One of my favorite bucs
    Feel for his family! RIP

  71. Bradinator Says:

    That one hurt my heart. A genuinely good guy taken off the board. We all lost today.

  72. Aceofaerospace Says:

    So sad. RIP VJ83.

  73. DBS Says:

    RIP VJax.

  74. Jim Says:

    I am so sad. This hurts. RIP VJax.

  75. Durango 95 Says:

    Absolutely shocking. Feel badly for his friends and family. A first class representive of our Buccaneers.

  76. tbbucs3 Says:

    Wow this is terrible. He was and will always be a great Buc.

  77. Aceofaerospace Says:

    Why are Saints fans allowed to post here and denigrate our team? Especially when a great human being just died.

  78. BUC CHEEKS Says:

    Sad day after an amazing week! I let my buddy wear my hand signed VJAX jersey during the super bowl, been a while since I broke it out. This sucks! He will always be remembered! Sad day for all because we just lost one of the good ones! RIP VJAX

  79. Steven007 Says:

    Trollmax, your reputation as a monument POS precedes you.

  80. Cainishere Says:

    I find it hard to understand that for some Bucs fans only on the field activities impress them. Makes me wonder why they even bother to post at all. He was worth so much more to needy people than we as Bucs fans will ever know. What a great loss this will be for many people.

  81. Jeffbuc Says:

    Some friends in law enforcement have told me he was going through a bad divorce. That’s why he was staying there. And that it was a suicide.

  82. FortMyersDave Says:

    Damn horrible news. It is troubling that he was at this hotel for a month and his family reported him missing just last week. Seemed like a great guy with all the charity work he did. Also fellow Buc fans, the best way to make a troll go away is to ignore him, it is that simple. Do not waste your time answering them…….

  83. Elita Vita Says:

    Vincent Jackson had a great reputation in the Tampa Bay community. He exhibited a fine character and represented the Buccaneers as being a class act. Deserves Ring of Honor celebration. He played 4 years here only 2 less than in SanDiego. We should be honored to have his name placed in the ring. Kindest of condolences to his family and friends. RIP dear Vincent!

  84. FortMyersDave Says:

    Thx Jeff. That is horrible news.

  85. BuccoDav Says:

    This is one of the saddest, most shocking things I have heard in a long while. VJax was a class act, a hell of a damn good receiver and a very generous person. RIP!

  86. Casual Observer Says:

    Terrible and shocking. I can hardly believe it. He was a fan favorite for sure. A fine member of the Tampa community. So very sad.

  87. Rotten Amiigo Says:

    Mike Evans really had a great mentor in Vincent Jackson!!! I’ll always miss seeing 83 On the field. True definition of a Buccaneer!

  88. unbelievable Says:

    Holed up in a relatively cheap hotel for over a month… yikes.

    Feel really bad for his wife and kids.

    Such a class act when he was here.

  89. Buc4evr Says:

    Tmax you have no shame. If you weren’t “persona non grata” before from your stupid posts, you certainly are now.

  90. BuccoDav Says:

    Tmax, you are and always will be pond scum.

  91. Allbuccedup Says:

    Sad irregardless of the circumstances a great person for the community and a great player. RIP Vince!

  92. HeyItsAdam Says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting him on multiple occasions at different charity events. He and my son bonded over the fact that my son‘s middle name is Vincent. He signed a football for me and posed for pics with us at his restaurant. This one stings – one of the NFL’s true good guys. A friend to veterans and the community.

  93. DanBucsFan Says:

    Wow Tmax… Pretty low even for u. There is LIFE OUTSIDE OF FOOTBALL and frankly put Vjax was very very solid in his years in Tampa… Takes more than a telented receuver to have a winning team.. RIP VINCENT JACKSON.. WE SALUTE YOU!!

  94. Scott Says:

    Rip thanks for memories I’m shocked

  95. ModHairKen Says:

    Vincent Jackson deserves the Ring of Honor.

  96. TBTeddy Says:

    Very sad news. He was a tough receiver that honestly could’ve kept playing a little longer. I watched how good of a teammate Mike Evans is on the nfl audio during the playoffs & SB. It makes me wonder how much of that humble star quality rubbed off on him from playing with Vincent in his early years.

  97. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Sad news.
    The circumstances have an Andrew Gillum-ish flavor.

  98. SB : Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    R.I.P.!!!! Prayers being sent up from this household.

  99. Tackleblockwin Says:

    Terrible news. Loved this guy. Prayers to his family. The story though about him being missing etc…something ain’t right. What the heck happened?

  100. BamaBuc Says:

    Terrible news, I was just thinking about him a few weeks ago great player and even better teammate and leader in his 5 years with us. Still play with him in some of my older madden games.

  101. Bucs_Fan_Orlando Says:

    Thank you for the memories VJax.

    Be at peace brother.

  102. BucsBeBack (Artist formally known as: BringBucsBack) Says:

    I agree with those here who mentioned it; this doesn’t feel right.

    Very sad. Much too young.

  103. REDZONE BA Says:

    So hard to process when we lose these amazing athletes and people like Vjax at such a young age.

    RIP, Vjax! Thank you for so much joy watching you play. We will miss you.🥰😔

  104. Robert Says:

    RIP. Seemed like a standup dude. The thought of losing ones family is a very dark place. Very sad.

  105. Chris K Says:

    R.I.P Vincent Jackson. My condolences to his family…

    On a separate note, I’m begging you Joe’s to get this scum of a human being banned from this site immediately after his Disgusting take on VJax passing. We all came together when the trolls and the scums on here left and now on this tragic day we allow this piece of 💩 to comment in here again. Enough is enough Joe! Get that scum out of here!

  106. Chris K Says:

    ^^^ I left out his name, but I’m pretty sure we know the piece of trash I’m talking about.

  107. SCBucsFan Says:

    Chris K I don’t know why admin allow him to defecate on their blog

  108. ATLBucsFan Says:

    RIP Vincent! My prayers for your family and loved ones.

  109. Buc1987 Says:

    Gofortheface30…don’t blame me I just think it should be a lot harder to get into the ROH then just playing 5 measly seasons with no playoffs.

    You don’t just put peeps in that thing for the ef’s sake of it.

    There’s a lot more deserving Bucs ahead of Vjax….like WAAAAAAY ahead of him imo when it comes to belonging in the ROH.

  110. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Enjoyed watching him as a player and a person. Will be missed by the community.

  111. Im tired and 87 is right Says:

    Every time I think of the loss of Vjax I can’t help but look at my little girls and think of his kids. I feel for the loss they will have to endure. Nothing can replace a Dad and never forget the importance of being just that. May God rest your soul Vincent. I loved everything about you and just how much you loved being around people. Buc nation lost a great today.

  112. Steven007 Says:

    SC, in the past that Joe’s have noted his “loyalty”. Apparently that Trump’s all. No pun intended.

  113. Buc1987 Says:

    He essentially played 3 seasons or had 3 decent ones out of 5 and he somehow belongs in the ROH….

  114. Natron Says:

    I wish V-Jax could have been on this Super Bowl squad, he was the only bright spot on some very dreary teams from the lost decade in Tampa. RIP Vincent

  115. Clean House Says:

    Joes- you ought to just ban TMax for heckling someone’s death.
    It’s beneath vile.

    Got to say a brief hello to VJax at a lightning game once- very kInd and down to earth. Sad situation

  116. ManzielMadness Says:

    One of the best FA’s of Dom’s tenure. Great football player and an even better human being. RIP.

  117. Jmarkbuc Says:


    ROH is irrelevant at the moment. No one cares either way right now.

  118. Brant Boston Says:

    Sad news. From the little information posted you can gather a couple assumptions. Its not normal for a millionaire to spend the past month in a nearby hotel instead of his home mansion. This usually points to marital or family problems. If this dude was worth millions he could have been devastated thinking about the financial impact of alimony and child support (many men lose more than half their net worth after a divorce). CTE and drug use are also possible assumptions but the staying at the hotel for a long time usually indicates some serious issues at home/family life.

  119. Colorado Says:

    He was my favorite buccaneer when I started watching Bucs football. He will be missed greatly. This is a heartbreaker.

  120. Matt Says:

    The Gematrian numbers do not look good on this one. Healthy 38 years old don’t just drop dead for no reason. This was a sacrifice. Enjoy your “sports.”

    Marty Shottenheimer and Ted Thompson were coincidences too right?

  121. Lamarcus Says:

    RIP Vincent Jackson. May your soul have peace with Elohim Creator Gods

  122. Dbbuc711 Says:

    Not much surprises me or gets to me but this did. So very sorry to hear about this. Always enjoyed watching him play and had the utmost respect for the man he was. RIP.

  123. Posey99 Says:

    tmaxcon Says:
    February 15th, 2021 at 5:16 pm
    Don’t forget Some of the most embarrassing football mankind as ever witnessed earth was played with vjax and cancer93 as captains. Death of a man does not rewrite history…

    How’s this guy not been black listed yet?

  124. Superd950 Says:

    So Sad! He was such a down to earth kind of guy. My two boys and I ran into him in Hawaii at the Pro Bowl hotel a few years back and He stopped to take pictures with us and loved that we were Bucs fans. RIP VJ!

  125. SOEbuc Says:

    So sad. How shocking. One of the best. Rip VJ😢

  126. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Posey why would you repost that?

    Matt what the hell you talking about? Not enough conspiracy theories in the world today?

  127. August 1976 Buc Says:

    VJAX was a good player, and an even better person in life. He helped so many, because was not just about himself. There is so much more to life than sports, I am sure he was not perfect like us all, but anyone that would disrespect VJAX in this moment, is a person that is very unhappy in life. Bitterness comes out instead of appreciation for a decent human being that helped so many people. RIP Brother

  128. Jim Says:

    Very sad that his children will not have their father around anymore. Same thing happened to my children. Lots of prayers going out to his family. It’ll be hard but somehow they’ll make it through this with God’s help.

  129. DC_BUCCS_FAN Says:

    Man this news sucks, Rest in Heaven VJax

  130. Bostonian Says:

    Depression. Drug use or not. Why did they report him missing even though he was at the hotel a month? Some escalation of contact or behavior caused him to disconnect and them to report him missing. Staying in a hotel could be drug use that he did not want to do in his home. Also could be marital separation that caused depression. I don’t think this his behavior being close to this past super bowl win is coincidence. Depression is a s.o.b and if drugs involved with triggers like martial problems, adjustment disorder after NFL, suicidal ideation or thoughts, and possible addiction? Recipe for disaster. A powder keg. Many smile when they are dying inside. RIP VJ, very sad.

  131. FairMinded Says:

    Loved VJax the player and the man. Incredibly sad. God bless his kids and family and give them comfort at this time

  132. Bucsfanman Says:

    RIP VJax!

  133. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    Lamarcus can would you be willing to email me??? You said something I’d like to discuss with you. Elohim

  134. Sport Says:

    For those of wondering why the detritus T Less hasn’t been banned, especially for this, is quite simple. It’s because Joe doesn’t want to. You see he owns this here site and does what he damn well pleases to line his pockets.

    Just ask him about making a change, like dropping the childish monikers and he will tell you to cut him a check for $1 M to discuss it.

    Meanwhile T Less can troll while a family is grieving, Classy…

    In BA I Trust!

  135. Cobraboy Says:

    This is a sad commentary on sports.

    It’s rather odd VJax checks into a local extended-stay hotel and his family files a missing person report. LE finds him there—I assume it’s common to contact all the hotels in an area—chats him up, cancels the report, and then he’s found dead a couple of days later.

    I almost expect to find financial and depression issues. A happy appearance on a prideful face can disguise inner demons.

  136. NotTampaTom Says:

    VJax a really good Buc and even a better person. Thank you for your inspiration. RIP kind gentleman.

  137. Buc1987 Says:

    Jmarkbuc…I wouldn’t bring it up if no one was talking about it, but they are.

  138. Capt.Tim Says:

    He was a great Player, and a better person.
    His work with military families was something he was sincerely passionate about.
    He was one of the all time friendliest and approachable Buc players.

    May he rest in peace. God be with his family.
    Truly sad news for the Pirate Nation

  139. Bigbadwolfisback Says:

    Rip my man. You were always a favorite of mine. His last year as a Buc he gave me a hat off his head and we had a conversation I’ll never forget as long as I live. Our hearts go out to your family my dude and you will NEVER be forgotten. And tmax……….I hope and pray to find out who you really are one day. I’ll just leave it at that.

  140. Buccfan37 Says:

    Sad for sure.

  141. Bigbadwolfisback Says:

    And let’s not spread the hate from tmax to Joe ppl. Tmax is a complete looser who feeds off hate. Has been for years. Let’s not attack Joe for the stupidity that comes out that idiots mouth. It’s not as simple as just banning someone I assure you. This jerk will just continue under a new name from somewhere else if Joe bans him. The only person responsible for what comes out of that chumps mouth is tmax himself.

  142. MadMax Says:

    W T F! this is crazy….uggggg hurts my heart so much….loved that guy….

  143. Bojim Says:

    1987. You need to STFU.

  144. FanO’Bucs Says:

    Rip Vincent :’(

  145. Bobby Says:

    Wow! Tmax is a disgrace and totally classless. What he lacks in basic decency he makes up for by being totally devoid of football knowledge. Total a**hole.

  146. D-Rome Says:

    I was on vacation when I heard the news. He was an excellent player and a fantastic community guy. One of the best the Bucs have ever had.

    tmaxcon’s comment is the worst I have read in the nearly 12 years I have been visiting JBF. The first comment he makes in months after being proven wrong over and over about the 2020 Bucs it’s to pile on VJax’s death. There should be no place for that on this great site.