For wide receiver Vincent Jackson, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' bye on Sunday was anything but a chance to relax and unwind.
That's because the three-time Pro Bowler spent the day with dozens of active military moms at a charity benefit put on by his Jackson in Action 83 Foundation. Jackson, who comes from a military family himself, and his wife, Lindsey, invited 40 mothers from the Tampa Bay area to the banquet. Each of the women was presented with a $1,000 gift bag that included diapers, wipes, car seats, strollers and more.
"I knew, growing up in a military household, sometimes things are tight," Jackson told 10News in Tampa. "I know it's going to go a long way for these families, especially these young families to help keep some of that stuff in their pocket."
Jackson, who signed a five-year, $55.55 million contract with the Bucs in 2012, started his foundation as a means of helping military families. The foundation hosts a summer camp, awards scholarships and puts on a host of events for military parents and their kids. Jackson and his wife have even penned a children's book about the hardships of deployment.
On Sunday the gift basket came as a surprise to the women and their families.
"[Jackson's] amazing," Emily Humphrey, an attendee, told 10News. "I was actually doing some research on his foundation before we got here. He just seemed like a great guy, great family and we're just so blessed that they did this for us."
Through six games Jackson leads all Buccaneers players with 25 receptions for 344 yards and two touchdowns. Tampa Bay takes on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.