Buccaneers' Vincent Jackson's brain donated to CTE research as NFL star's family blames alcohol & head trauma for death

FORMER Tampa Bay Buccanners NFL star Vincent Jackson's brain will be donated to CTE research as his family blames alcohol and head trauma for his death.

Jackson, 38, played for the Bucs and the San Diego Chargers during a 12-year NFL career.

He was found dead in a Florida hotel room on Monday, and leaves behind wife Lindsey and their three children.

Family spokesperson Allison Gorrell told The New York Times that his relatives will donate his brain to researchers at Boston University.

Gorrell said: "Vincent being who he was would have wanted to help as many people as possible.

"It's something his family wanted to do to get answers to some of their questions."

According to hotel staff, Jackson, who is a South Tampa resident, checked into the hotel on January 11 and had been staying in a room since that date.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook that it is investigating the death of Jackson.

Sheriff Chad Chronister said in an interview on Q105 FM's "MJ Morning Show" that Jackson battled with chronic alcoholism.

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He said the Jackson family suspects the former wide receiver had CTE from concussions during his 12 seasons in the NFL.

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, is is the term used to describe "brain degeneration likely caused by repeated head traumas."

Jackson retired in 2018, having scored 57 touchdowns during his career while being selected for three Pro Bowls.

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