January 21, 2014

Vincent Jackson named Bucs Man of the Year

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TAMPA BAY, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver and Northern Colorado alumnus Vincent Jackson was selected as the 2013 Bucs Man of the Year for his leadership on and off the field. He is now one of 32 finalists for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
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Jackson, who played basketball and football for the Bears from 2001-04, earned the honor for the first time in his career.

Jackson's history with the military guided his community outreach while helping military families and children who spend significant time away from their parents. He launched the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation on Veterans Day 2012 to focus on the educational, emotional and physical health of military families' children.

The Bucs wide receiver was born in Fort Polk, La., before moving to Phoenix, Ariz.; Grafenberg, Germany; and finally landing in Colorado Springs, Colo. Jackson's parents have a combined 25 years of active-duty service in the army.

This season was focused on the education of youth through Jackson's foundation's "Salute to Reading" program. The program awarded children by bringing them to the Buccaneers training facility to take a tour, led by Jackson. The former Bear is currently writing a children's book series with his wife, Lindsey, titled "Danny Deals with Deployment." Jackson also dedicated his time around the state of Florida.

Jackson is one of Northern Colorado's most prominent former student-athletes, as he holds five career records for Bears Football. The wide receiver, who attended Widefield High School in Colorado Springs, owns records for receiving yards (3,548), receiving touchdowns (37), all-purpose yards (5,810), punt return yards (1,024), and touchdowns (39). Jackson also started 23 games for the basketball team while playing two seasons.

This season for Tampa Bay, Jackson caught 78 passes for 1,224 yards and seven touchdowns, leading the Bucs in all three categories. Jackson also had five passes for 40+ yards and 60 of his 78 receptions were for first downs.