Growing up Army to the NFL

The Vincent Jackson Story

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Vincent Jackson played 12 seasons in the NFL for the San Diego Chargers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

The story of how he got there and the story of his life since then are both as fascinating as his life in the primetime.

Jackson’s parents both served in the United States Army. His mother spent only one enlistment after he was born but his father served the majority of his childhood on active duty, retiring when he was 12 years old. 

Vince ended up at the University of Northern Colorado which propelled him to land as the second round pick to the San Diego Chargers in 2005.

The irony being, the only reason he wound up in Colorado was because his father’s orders got botched. 

Coming by way of Germany, they were slated to go to Hawaii.

They had all their stuff shipped and everything.

They even sent the family dogs to Honolulu.

They were told last minute that his orders were actually too Colorado and that someone had made a mistake.

To civilians, that story is mind-boggling. To a Military Family — it sounds like an average day in the life.

Vince’s ability to adapt and overcome every situation faced, which he attributes to his Military upbringing, made him the football star that he was.

His genuine poise and heartfelt work off the field immortalized him as a hometown icon, someone the people of Tampa truly look up to. 

Six months after Vince signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he knew the city would be his home. Blown away by the authentic southern hospitality, Vince began setting up roots by immersing himself in the community. 

His direct experience as a Military dependent and the Military culture of Tampa convinced Vince that this was the place to start his non-profit; Jackson in Action 83 Foundation

The 501(c)(3) is designed to provide tools and support to Military Families so that they can continue to raise their children and forge those family bonds even from thousands of miles away. 

Vince understands what it is like to be a kid with their parent deployed somewhere overseas.

He knows the added stress that can have on someone, especially as that someone is trying to grow up themselves. 


Him and his foundation believe that educational, emotional, and physical support can go a long way to help a Military Dependent through the sacrifice they have to make themselves.

Vince’s work with Military and Veterans has not gone unnoticed and has directly attributed to making Tampa one of the greatest Military and Veteran cities in the country.

As more and more Veterans choose Tampa as their home of record post-Military, people like Vince Jackson are ensuring their success and demonstrating how it can only get better from here. 

Click the link to learn more about Vince’s Foundation; Jackson in Action 83 Foundation

Click the link to read more about Vince’s real estate company, CTV Capital

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