Vincent Jackson

This article is about the American football player. For the Irish politician, see Vincent Jackson (politician). For the former multi-sport athlete named Vincent Jackson, see Bo Jackson.
Vincent Jackson

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Jackson with the Buccaneers in 2012
No. 83Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-01-14) January 14, 1983
Place of birth: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)

230 lb (104 kg)

Career information
High school: Colorado Springs (CO) Widefield
College: Northern Colorado
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 61
Career history
Roster status: Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Receptions: 540
Receiving yards: 9,080
Receiving touchdowns: 57
Player stats at

Vincent Terrell Jackson[1][2][3] (born January 14, 1983), is an American football wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Northern Colorado, and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Jackson has been selected to the Pro Bowl three times and has exceeded 1,000 receiving yards during six seasons.

Early years

Jackson attended Widefield High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As a senior, he was a Rocky Mountain News All-State Honorable Mention, a first-team all-area pick, and a first-team all-conference pick. He also was a standout in basketball. A straight-A student in high school, Jackson was accepted to Columbia, but decided to attend University of Northern Colorado on a partial scholarship to play both basketball and football.[4]

College career

Jackson enrolled at the University of Northern Colorado and played for the Northern Colorado Bears football team. It was one of the few colleges that recruited Jackson out of high school. One of the few true freshman to ever play for Northern Colorado, Jackson earned All-American honors as a punt returner, scoring the first time he ever touched a ball on a punt return against Adams State College. He rewrote the record books on the way to becoming Northern Colorado's all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards (game & season), kick return yards, punt return yards, receiving touchdowns. His senior season was highlighted by a 13-catch, 249-yard, three-touchdown effort against Florida Atlantic. Jackson also started for Northern Colorado in basketball.[5]

Professional career

2005 NFL Draft

Jackson was selected in the second round (61st overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft (the highest ever by a Northern Colorado graduate) by the San Diego Chargers.

Pre-draft measureables
Weight 40 yd 20 ss 3-cone Vert BP Wonderlic
241 lb (109 kg)* 4.46s 4.00s 6.84[6] 39 in (99.1 cm)* 23 33*[7]

(* represents NFL Combine)[8]

San Diego Chargers

2005 season

Jackson got off to a slow start in 2005 due to injuries. He was inactive for the first five games of the season and finally saw his first NFL action in an October 16 game against the Oakland Raiders. Jackson caught his first pass on November 6 against the New York Jets, but he would only catch two more passes for the rest of the season.

2006 season

Jackson caught his first NFL touchdown on September 17, 2006 in a victory over the Tennessee Titans. In 2006 in a Christmas Eve game against the Seattle Seahawks, Jackson had a memorable touchdown catch that led the Chargers to victory. With 29 seconds left, quarterback Philip Rivers threw a touchdown pass to Jackson and the Chargers ended up winning the game 20-17 and setting a franchise record for wins. Jackson ended the season strongly and finished second on the team with six touchdown catches.

In a 2006 game against the Oakland Raiders, Jackson nearly made one of the most bizarre turnovers in recent NFL history. After making a 13 yard catch on fourth down, Jackson immediately got up and spun the ball forward in celebration. Because Jackson had fallen on his own and was not tackled, Raiders cornerback Fabian Washington believed it to be a fumble and leapt upon the ball. Possession was originally awarded to Oakland, but the Chargers were then flagged for an illegal forward pass and allowed to keep the ball.

2007 season

By virtue of the release of Keenan McCardell and an injury to Eric Parker, Jackson entered the 2007 season as a starting wide receiver for the Chargers. He started the season in an unmemorable fashion in a home game against the Chicago Bears by dropping a sure touchdown that bounced off his chest in the end zone. However, by the end of the season, Jackson had distinguished himself as a top target for Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.

2008 season

In the 2008 season, Jackson had a career season with 59 receptions, 7 TD's and 1,098 yards. He became the first Chargers wide receiver to have 1,000 yards receiving since 2001.

2009 season

Jackson followed his strongest season as a pro with an even stronger one during the 2009 season, when he finished with 68 receptions, and led the team in receiving with 9 TD's and 1,167 yards.

Jackson, in 2009, with the Chargers

During a January 17, 2010 divisional playoff game against the New York Jets, Jackson made a 37 yard catch that was challenged by Jets head coach Rex Ryan. Jackson received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for kicking the challenge flag, which cost the Chargers 15 yards (the play was upheld).[9] Jackson would finish the game with 7 receptions for 111 yards, becoming the first receiver of the 2009 NFL Season to record a 100 yard game on the Jets All-Pro cornerback and future Buccaneer teammate Darrelle Revis. However, in a bizarre play down field, Revis did record a single interception off a fluke bounce resulting from Jackson's shoe.

2010 season

On March 2, 2010 Jackson faced arraignment for driving with a suspended license. He was handcuffed briefly and had his car impounded following a traffic stop just a few hours before the Chargers' playoff loss to the New York Jets. Jackson was pulled over for playing loud music. He was cited for driving with a suspended license and expired tags.[10]

Jackson was selected to his first Pro Bowl during the 2009 NFL season as an alternate. Jackson had a strong showing in his first Pro Bowl appearance, racking in 7 receptions for 122 yards including a 48 yard catch and run for a Touchdown.[11]

On July 1, 2010, it was announced that Jackson had been suspended for three games for violating the league's personal conduct policy.[12][13]

Following a contract dispute, Jackson returned in week 11 of the 2010 NFL Season after holding out the first 10 games. In week 15 against the San Francisco 49ers, Jackson had a career high 3 TD's and 112 yards en route to a 34-7 win. He finished the season with 14 receptions and 248 yards.[14]

2011 season

On February 15, 2011, the Chargers placed their franchise tag on Jackson.[15]

During the labor dispute between league owners and players following the end of the 2010 season, a lockout occurred from March 11 to July 25. Jackson was one of the 10 plaintiffs in the Brady antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, which included star players such as Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and fellow 2010 holdout Logan Mankins. Initially, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Vincent Jackson wanted compensation in the form of $10 million or become an unrestricted free agent when the lockout was over. Jackson denied reports that he had asked for compensation, but on July 23 Jackson released his claim in the Brady v. NFL lawsuit. Jackson's decision to drop his alleged request of unrestricted free agency and/or monetary compensation helped expedite the completion of the new labor deal. Jackson's Franchise Tag was held up under the new NFL CBA.[16]

On July 29, 2011, the first day teams were permitted to sign non-rookie free agents, Jackson signed his one-year Franchise offer, thus remaining a Charger.[17] Because of his contract holdout during the 2010 NFL season, Jackson received only $583,000 in compensation for playing in the final six games of the season.[18] For the 2011 season, under the franchise tag, Jackson received approximately $11.4 million, almost 20 times more than in the previous season.[19] On Week 9, Jackson played a personal best of 141 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers. He finished the season with totals of 60 catches for 1,106 yards and nine touchdowns. He was named to the Pro Bowl as an alternate for Wes Welker.[20]

Contract Dispute

When the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement expired, Jackson became a Restricted Free Agent for an additional year, causing the Chargers to place a one-year, $3.2 million tender on him. Seeking a long-term deal instead, Jackson held out of training camp. On June 15, 2010, the Chargers cut his tender to $583,000, 110% of his salary for the 2009 NFL season.[21] On August 20, 2010, the Chargers placed him on the Roster Exempt List, meaning that he would have to serve a 3-game suspension once he had agreed to a contract.[22] The National Football League Players Association arranged a deal in which if Jackson was traded by the Chargers by 4 PM on September 22, he would have instead been placed on the Commissioner Exempt List, rolling 6 games of suspensions (3 for pleading guilty to drunk driving and 3 for being placed on the roster exempt list) into 4. No deal materialized.[23] The agreement also stipulated that he could be traded two days before the NFL trade deadline, but once again no deal materialized in that time.[24] On October 29, 2010, Jackson ended his hold-out and signed the one-year tender. The deadline to sign and accrue a full season, so that he would be an unrestricted free agent in 2011, was October 30, 2010.[25]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2012 season

On March 13, 2012, Jackson signed a 5-year, $55.55 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On September 7, 2012, Jackson was elected a team captain.[26] On October 21 against the New Orleans Saints, Jackson set multiple Buccaneer records, with the longest reception in Tampa Bay history (95 yards) and the most receiving yards in a single game (216 yards).[27] Jackson was selected to his 3rd Pro Bowl to replace the injured Calvin Johnson.[28]

Jackson finished the 2012 season with career-highs in receptions (72) and receiving yards (1,384).

2013 season

On September 5, 2013, Jackson was selected as one of the 2013 team captains.[29] On October 13, 2013, Jackson caught his first touchdown since December 2012 against the Philadelphia Eagles. He finished the day with 9 catches for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns. The next week, against the Atlanta Falcons, Jackson again had multiple touchdowns while eclipsing the 100 yard mark.[30] At the conclusion of a very disappointing 4-12 2013 season Jackson proved to be one of the few bright spots on a football team in disarray compiling 78 catches for 1,224 yards and 7 touchdowns.

2014 season

The 2014 season saw declines in Jackson's catches and yards due to the emergence of rookie wide receiver Mike Evans. Jackson also was the center of trade rumors before the trade deadline but was ultimately not traded. Due 10 million for the 2015 NFL season, there was speculation that he may not be on the team the next year though it was mere speculation at that point.

He finished the 2014 season with over 1000 yards for the 6th time in his career. He and fellow receiver Mike Evans became the first Buccaneer duo to ever catch for over 1000 yards. In week 12, Jackson surpassed 8,000 career receiving yards against the Chicago Bears.

2015 season

With the arrival of rookie quarterback Jameis Winston and new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, Jackson's numbers saw further decline during the 2015 season, during which injuries and inconsistent play resulted in Jackson's least amount of catches (33), yards (543), and touchdowns (3) since coming to Tampa. On December 30, 2015 Jackson was placed on injured reserve, ending his season. [31]

2016 season

On October 18, 2016, Jackson was placed on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury in Week 5 in a win against the Carolina Panthers.[32]

Personal life

Both of Jackson's parents served in the United States Armed Forces.[33] He sponsors military families at every Buccaneers home game through the 'Jackson in Action' Front Row Fans section at Raymond James Stadium.

In November 2012, Jackson spoke to students at Northwest Elementary about the importance of physical fitness, helped present a $10,000 Play 60 grant, and led students through a P.E. class to congratulate the winners of the Play 60 Super School contest .[5]

Jackson, in 2013 during a visit at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan

Career Statistics

Season Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2005 San Diego Chargers 8 0 3 59 19.7 21 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 San Diego Chargers 16 7 27 453 16.8 55 6 3 16 5.3 8 0 -- --
2007 San Diego Chargers 16 16 41 623 15.2 45 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 San Diego Chargers 16 16 59 1,098 18.6 60 7 4 69 17.3 31 0 1 1
2009 San Diego Chargers 15 15 68 1,167 17.2 55 9 3 11 3.7 12 0 -- --
2010 San Diego Chargers 5 5 14 248 17.7 58T 3 1 14 14.0 14 0 -- --
2011 San Diego Chargers 16 16 60 1,106 18.4 58 9 3 51 17.0 41 0 -- --
2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 16 72 1,384 19.2 95 8 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 16 78 1,224 15.7 60 7 1 0 0.0 0 0 1 0
2014 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 16 70 1,002 14.3 50 2 1 0 0.0 0 0 1 1
2015 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 9 33 543 16.5 36 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Total 150 122 525 8,907 17.0 95 57 15 161 10.7 41 0 3 2

Buccaneers franchise records


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