Jackson reportedly checked in to Homewood Suites on January 11 and had stayed there until his death. Four days before his passing, members of the Jackson family filed a missing persons report for Jackson. However, authorities were able to contact and speak to Jackson. As a result, the formal search was ended. Jackson is well known for his 12-year long career in the NFL. During his playing days, he spent time in both Tampa Bay and San Diego. Over the course of his career, he scored 57 touchdowns and piled up more than 9,000 receiving yards.