To a guy like Vincent Jackson, being involved in the community is much more than being a “celebrity” in a charity golf tournament. Being involved means just that: active involvement.
With all the ridiculous rumors that we fans and media members hang on to as we pass the time until the season starts, we seem to lose focus on what is happening off the field.
I met Vincent Jackson a few years ago during a radio interview. He read his new book, Danny Dogtags, which Jackson and his wife wrote to help military families prepare for the impact of deployment. I had a bizarre idea in which Vincent would read the book to me while I was tucked into a race car bed in our studio. I played the role of a bratty child as Vincent patiently read his book to me. Since then, I became a huge fan of the player and the man. I have followed his career on and off the field. He continues to impress.
I almost broke my hands and crushed my data plan when voting for Vincent to win the Walter Payton Man Of The Year Award. Vincent wasn’t able to bring home that award, although he has been the Bucs' Man Of The Year three straight years. Vjax was just awarded the Salute to Service Award presented by the NFL and the USAA. This award was created by the NFL to acknowledge the exceptional efforts by members of the NFL community to honor and support US service members, veterans, and their families. Vincent? has his foundation “Jackson In Action 83” which provides support to military families, focusing on the educational, emotional, and physical health of the children. VJ is the son of two military parents.
I reached out to Jackson about what it means to be active in the community he lives and plays football in:
"I absolutely love the city of Tampa! It is not just an honor and privilege to make a positive impact here, but I consider it a duty. It doesn't matter what your profession or passion is, we can all give our time to assist those in need. I look forward to doing so for many years to come!"
Vincent Jackson takes great pride in guiding younger players in the realm of football. It's great that he also realizes his obligations and opportunities off the field to make an impact in the Tampa Bay community.
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