VINCENT JACKSON’S STORY
Vincent Jackson, a three time Pro-Bowl wide receiver just completed his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. Mr. Jackson has amassed over 340 career receptions, 6,000 yards receiving and 45 touchdowns in his 8 year NFL career. However, despite his success on the field, Mr. Jackson’s upbringing has kept him grounded off of it. As the son of two military parents, Mr. Jackson was raised with structure and discipline. Mr. Jackson attributes his groundedness to the loving guidance of his parents and as a result he feels a responsibility to help other youngsters have that same advantage. He feels that one of the real threats to a close bond between military parents and their children is their deployment away from the family. Mr. Jackson’s desire is to parlay his success in football into an organization that can help military moms and dads maintain close relationships with their children and even though separated by miles and time zones help those parents influence the lives of their children.
Mr. Jackson was a straight-A student in High School in Colorado Springs, CO, graduating with a 4.1 GPA . Although his excellent academic performance earned acceptance to an Ivy league University, Mr. Jackson chose to attend University of North Colorado on scholarship to play both basketball and football. He went on to earn All American Honors at University of North Colorado and become the school’s all time leading receiver.