Vincent Jackson is difficult to get close to on or off the football field.
The 30-year-old wide receiver of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers held one of his rare media sessions Thursday typically downplaying his own accomplishments in an offense that ranked No. 9 in the league last season the best showing in franchise history.
In talking to Jackson’s teammates and coaches a portrait emerges of a dedicated and talented player who approaches his job with a keen intellect.
Jackson who joined the Bucs as a free agent in 2012 after seven seasons in San Diego doesn’t brag about the four languages he speaks or the 4.1 grade-point average he accumulated at Widfield High in Colorado Springs Colo.
“There’s always more room to grow’’ said Jackson who set career marks for receptions (72) and receiving yards (1384) in his first season with Tampa Bay. “I have a lot of football left in me and I feel great. I think this offense allows me to be successful and for me it’s just about contributing. It’s no...