Former San Diego Charger wide receiver Reche Caldwell was shot and killed in Tampa, Florida, Saturday night.  

He was 41.

Caldwell played for the University of Florida Gators for three seasons and won an SEC title in 2000 and the Orange Bowl in 2001 with the team.

He was a second-round pick in the 2002 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.

Caldwell played for the NFL for six seasons with Tom Brady and the Patriots, according to CBS Sports.

He had 152 catches for 1,851 yards and 11 touchdowns in six NFL seasons. Four of which with the Chargers and one each with New England and Washington.

Caldwell’s brother Andre Caldwell also was an NFL receiver.

The Los Angeles Chargers tweeted: the team’s thoughts and prayers go out to Reche’s family, friends, and teammates. 

His mother, Deborah Caldwell, with an interview by TMZ Sports, said “He was a good person who smiled all of the time. He tried to help everyone he could. He was the type of guy who would take his shirt off his back and give it to you.”

TMZ said police called the shooting of Caldwell “targeted.” 

According to Yahoo! Sports, this shooting ”does not appear to be a random act.”

Caldwell was awaiting sentencing this month after pleading guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, along with several other former NFL players, said Yahoo! Sports. 

Moreover, he also served prison time on a 2014 drug charge, the report added.


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