Authorities said Vincent Jackson, a former NFL recipient, was found dead in a hotel room

The 38-year-old had been staying at the Homewood Suites in Brandon, about 12 miles outside of Tampa, since Jan. 11, according to a press release from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Office officials said they spoke to Jackson’s family members on February 10 after they called to report he was missing. A formal report was filed the following day.

Officials said last Friday they found Jackson at the Homewood Suites and spoke to him, according to the press release.

“After Jackson’s welfare assessment was made, the missing persons case was canceled,” the press release said.

Jackson was found dead by a housekeeper at 11:30 a.m. on Monday. There were no obvious signs of trauma.

Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of death and officially identify Jackson’s remains from dental or DNA records, according to the press release.

“Mr. Jackson was a devoted man who put his family and community above all else,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement Monday. “He touched countless lives aside from football through his Jackson In Action 83 Foundation. We shared a passion for helping military families, and three years ago Jackson was even made an Honorary Representative by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for his community service to be recognized. “

“He will be sorely missed not only by football fans across the country but also by the people here in Hillsborough County who have benefited from his generous contributions.”

Jackson played 12 seasons in the NFL

Jackson played college football at the University of Northern Colorado, where he was an outstanding player. according to the school.
He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 2005, according to the NFL. He in the end played 12 seasons In the league, he spent his first seven with the Chargers and the last five with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Vincent Jackson of the San Diego Chargers appears after his catch against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on November 27, 2011 in San Diego, California.
The Chargers, now based in Los Angeles, published a statement Montag said the team were “shocked and deeply saddened” at the news of Jackson’s death.

“Vincent was a fan favorite not only for his Pro Browl game on the field, but for the impact he had on the community,” the statement said. “The work he has done for military families through his founding in the years since his retirement has inspired us all.”

The buccaneers recently won the Super Bowlsaid in a statement that Jackson was “an absolute professional” during his five years on the team.

“Vincent was a dedicated father, husband, businessman, and philanthropist who made a profound impact on our community through his relentless advocacy for military families, supported by the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation,” the statement said.

Jackson was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and was nominated four times for that Walter Payton Man of the Year Award that Buccaneers says honors players who have made a positive impact on their community.
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CNN’s Jill Martin contributed to this report.

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