Former Gators, NFL receiver Reche Caldwell killed in Tampa shooting

Tampa native fatally shot during attempted robbery
San Diego Chargers wide receiver Reche Caldwell in 2002
Posted at 11:54 AM, Jun 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-07 21:01:21-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Former Florida Gators and NFL wide receiver Reche Caldwell was shot and killed Saturday in Tampa, according to multiple reports.

Caldwell's mother told TMZ Sports that her son was fatally shot during an attempted robbery.

ESPN reporter Jenna Laine, who covers the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, confirmed that the 41-year-old former second-round draft pick had been killed.

Caldwell, who grew up in Tampa, played for the Steve Spurrier-coached Gators from 1998-2001.

In his final season, Caldwell caught 65 passes for 1,059 yards. He still ranks eighth on Florida's single-season receiving yards list.

Caldwell went on to spend six seasons in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots and Washington Redskins.

He caught 152 passes for 1,851 yards and 11 touchdowns in his NFL career.