For­mer WR Cald­well shot and killed

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SPORTS -

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.

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