Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Florida police are investigating to determine why former NFL wide receiver Vincent Jackson was found dead in a Brandon, Fla., hotel room, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Jackson was 38.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Jackson was found deceased on Monday at a Homewood Suites on Palm River Road in Brandon. He checked into the hotel on Jan. 11, and had stayed in a room since that date.
Police spoke to Jackson's family on Wednesday. The family had contacted police to report that Jackson was missing. A police report was filed Thursday, but canceled the on Friday when police located and spoke with Jackson. A housekeeper then discovered Jackson dead at 11:30 a.m. EST on Monday in his hotel room.
Police said there are no apparent signs of trauma related to the incident. The Hillsborough County medical examiner's office will determine a cause of death.
"My heart aches for the many loved ones Vincent Jackson leaves behind, from his wife and children to the Buccaneers nation that adored him," Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said. "Mr. Jackson was a devoted man who put his family and community above everything else.
"Football aside, he touched countless lives through his Jackson In Action 83 Foundation. We shared a passion for supporting military families, and three years ago, Jackson was even made an honorary deputy by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office to recognize his dedication to the community. He will be sorely missed by not only football fans across the country, but also the people here in Hillsborough County who reaped the benefits of his generous contributions."
Jackson was born in Colorado Springs, Colo., and attended the University of Northern Colorado. He was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
Jackson went on to make three Pro Bowls. He had six seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards. He spent seven seasons with the Chargers and five seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He played his final NFL season in 2016 for Tampa Bay.
"We are shocked and saddened to hear the terrible news regarding the loss of Vincent Jackson," Buccaneers owner Bryan Glazer said in a statement. "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.
"He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection for his accomplishments on the field, but his greatest achievements as a Buccaneer were the four consecutive nominations he earned as our Walter Payton Man of the Year."
Jackson is survived by his wife, Lindsey, and four children.