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XFL’s Tampa Bay Vipers add ex-Florida Gator Antonio Callaway

Antonio Callaway was a talented but troubled player for the Gators who didn’t last two seasons with the Cleveland Browns.
Florida Gators wide receiver Antonio Callaway (81) runs the ball during the Outback Bowl in January at Raymond James Stadium. (Times file)

Former Florida receiver Antonio Callaway’s football career will apparently have a detour through Tampa.

The XFL’s Tampa Bay Vipers have added the ex-Gators standout via waivers, the team announced Thursday evening.

Callaway was one of UF’s most talented playmakers since the Tim Tebow era. The Miami native was the first Gator ever to score a touchdown via rush, catch, pass, punt return and kickoff return. He left UF with 89 catches and seven touchdown receptions.

But he made multiple off-field headlines, including a sexual assault accusation (in which he was cleared of wrongdoing), a marijuana citation and felony complaints in a credit card fraud scandal. Callaway fell from a first-round prospect to the Browns’ fourth round pick in 2018.

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Callaway ran into problems in Cleveland, too, including substance abuse issues that led to multiple suspensions. The Browns waived him in November.