Former WR Caldwell shot and killed
Former NFL wide receiver Reche Caldwell was shot and killed Saturday in an attempted robbery, his girlfriend and mother told TMZ. He was 41.
A “couple of people” jumped from the bushes and “ambushed” Mr. Caldwell, his girlfriend said, as he went back inside his home to grab a jacket before the two went out on a date. His mother told TMZ that Mr. Caldwell, who was shot in the leg and chest, died in the ambulance taking him to the hospital.
A second-round NFL draft pick out of the University of Florida by the San Diego Chargers in the 2002 NFL draft, Donald Reche Caldwell spent four seasons with the Chargers and one each with the New England Patriots and Washington Redskins.
He was the leading receiver on the Patriots team that lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game following the 2006 regular season. He went to training camp with the St. Louis Rams in 2008. In 71 games, he caught 152 passes for 1,851 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Life after the NFL was difficult for Mr. Caldwell. He was arrested in 2014 for drug possession and intent to sell nearly 5 pounds of MDMA (a pure form of ecstasy with the street name “Molly”) and was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison and three years probation.