Vincent Jackson’s Brain Will Be Donated to C.T.E. Study
The Chargers drafted Jackson in the second round in 2005, and after an injury-filled rogue year, he quickly became the mainstay of the team’s first offense. He was named Pro Bowl in 2009, 2011 and again in 2012 with his first season with the Buccaneers. He still holds the Buccaneers’ record for most receiving yards in a game, 216.
during his NFL career, he caught 57 touchdowns And had six seasons with more than 1,000 receiving yards.
According to NFL.com, Jackson was arrested twiceIn 2006 and again in 2009, for driving under the influence. After his second arrest, he was sentenced to four days in jail and five years of probation and suspended by the league for three games.
James Lofton, Hall of Fame wide receiver, coached Jackson in San Diego and remembered Jackson as being exceptionally bright and motivated. He also recalled, when Jackson called him at 4:15 in the morning to apologize for his 2006 arrest.
“We are part of society, and we get the same as the people we get in society,” said Lofton of NFL players. “He just didn’t seem like the person who would have met a tragic death.”
Former NFL receiver Greg Camarillo roomed with Jackson at the Chargers’ training camp in 2005 and now has a student role at the University of San Diego athletics department. Camarillo said he was shaken by Jackson’s death and Posted many messages on twitter On Monday about the struggle for the retirement of professional football players.
Many players, Camarillo said, have difficulty coping after leaving the NFL because they lose their identity and it is difficult to forge a new path without it.
“It can happen to me or any former player,” Camarillo said in a phone interview on Thursday. “Vince is not very different from anyone else, including me.”
Gillian R. Brasil contributed reporting.