Former Pro Bowl large receiver Vincent Jackson put collectively a strong NFL profession with the San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers that spanned 12 seasons.
Jackson, who performed with former Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, surpassed 1,000 receiving yards six instances throughout his profession and was a Pro Bowler in 2009 and 2011 with the Chargers, and in his first season with Tampa Bay in 2012.
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Both of Jackson’s dad and mom served within the Army, and it was “a giant half” of his life, and “it actually created the tradition within the upbringing and the mindset” that he had. Because of that, Jackson is working with the United Services Automobile Association in assist of their Memorial Day effort — PoppyinMemory.com.
Jackson spoke with Fox News on Thursday on quite a lot of subjects, which included his two former groups and Rivers, Hall of Fame operating again LaDainian Tomlinson, and naturally new Bucs quarterback Tom Brady.
Fox News: Who within the NFL reminds you of your self?
Jackson: I don’t wish to say a reputation that probably could be exaggerating, however [Atlanta Falcons wide receiver] Julio Jones is a superb subject stretcher. I believe he balanced very effectively again when he was taking part in with Roddy White, who was a man I spent a whole lot of time coaching with and all the things else. Mike Williams with the Chargers stretches the sector. His performs are longer, deeper kind balls, which is what I did in my prime.
Fox News: Who is the most effective participant that you simply performed with and why?
Jackson: LaDainian Tomlinson. The man labored like a canine, and he carried out like a beast.
Fox News: What are your ideas on Rivers leaving the Chargers?
Jackson: Philip clearly made a enterprise resolution to proceed his profession, so I respect that, and I believe that he desires to proceed to play. I respect that. As far as transferring on and taking a look at him in an Indianapolis Colts jersey, it’s going to be bizarre.
Fox News: Does Rivers nonetheless have some fuel within the tank to steer the Colts on a Super Bowl run?
Jackson: I can’t communicate on a Super Bowl run, however I really feel prefer it’s the identical points with Tom Brady at his age, and Philip Rivers at his age, I believe they’re in related situations, and all people within the group needs to be respectful of that.
Fox News: Do you may have a narrative about Rivers from while you performed with him?
Jackson: Philip Rivers doesn’t curse. He says “Gosh, darn” the entire time. I simply wished to be sure that all people on the earth is aware of that he says “Gosh, darn” the entire time.
Fox News: Are you shocked that the Chargers didn’t make a transfer for a veteran quarterback like Cam Newton?
Jackson: Would I say I’m shocked? No, from what I learn about administration and the group. But would I say that they need to take into account a man like Cam? Yes, for positive.
Fox News: What are your ideas on the Buccaneers signing quarterback Tom Brady?
Jackson: The expectations are going to be tremendous excessive, proper? Because Tom Brady has had a lot success, however on the finish of the day, you hope that they’ll simply shield him, and maintain him wholesome. Between him and [tight end] Rob Gronkowski, I need them each to be wholesome as a result of I wish to go to the entire Bucs video games, and watch them carry out. But it’s age for one man, and healthiness for one more man.
Fox News: Is there somebody that you simply performed with that has an impact on a staff like Brady does?
Jackson: Philip Rivers. He completely carried that very same weight and persona to carry the media in and gamers in that might wish to be round him.
Fox News: Do you suppose it was untimely for the Buccaneers to surrender on Jameis Winston?
Jackson: I believe Jameis Winston has beginning quarterback potential. I don’t know the place he’s going to finish up being a starter, however he has that potential.
Fox News: What is your prediction for the Buccaneers this yr?
Jackson: Well, I believe Bruce Arians is a superb coach, and I believe he’ll be capable of handle all the things so far as taking part in time for Gronkowski, and as effectively for Brady. I’ve a whole lot of confidence that Arians will do an excellent job.