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Former NFL receiver and Widefield High School alum Vincent Jackson found dead

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) during warmups before the Tampa Bay...
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) during warmups before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers versus Denver Broncos NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken) (Jason Behnken | AP)
Published: Feb. 15, 2021 at 3:49 PM MST
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BRANDON, FL. (KKTV) - Former NFL receiver Vincent Jackson was found dead in a Florida hotel room Monday. Authorities say this comes days after they spoke to the 38-year-old as part of a welfare check.

Jackson graduated from Widefield High School and took his football career to the University of Northern Colorado. Shortly after the news of his death surfaced, UNC Football tweeted a message about the alum.

A spokesperson from Widefield School District 3 sent 11 News the following statement after the news broke:

“We are always saddened by the loss of a district community member. Vincent Jackson was a special part of the Widefield community. Our hearts are with his family and friends during this very difficult time.”

According to law enforcement officials, his family had initially reported Jackson missing on Wednesday. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says there did not appear to be any signs of trauma.

Jackson played for the San Diego Chargers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was selected to the Pro Bowl three times.

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