Former Gators’ wide receiver Reche Caldwell was killed Saturday night in a fatal shooting in Tampa, Caldwell’s mother confirmed to the Tampa Bay Times on Sunday.
Caldwell, 41, was a Jefferson High School graduate before going to Florida on a football scholarship, then joining the NFL for six seasons (with San Diego, New England and Washington).
News of the Tampa native’s death quickly spread on social media:
Man, I used to love watching Reche Caldwell play. Sad news today here in Tampa. Rest In Peace to a Gators legend.— Dan Thompson (@DK_Thompson) June 7, 2020
Saddened to hear the news about Gators great Reche Caldwell’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Caldwell family, friends and former teammates.— Kevin Camps (@kevinc_sr) June 7, 2020
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. pic.twitter.com/dWfXdYh3J8
Waking up to a text from one of my Gator teammates to hear Reche Caldwell had passed away. My heart is heavy for a good person this morning. I'm in absolute shock. RIP RC🏈🙏🙏 https://t.co/zsEddyP0Qv— Next Level Athlete Training (@AthleteLevel) June 7, 2020
The best athlete I ever played against and it wasn’t even close.R.I.P. Reche https://t.co/cPhmMh6HEY— Derek Tyson (@DerekJTyson) June 7, 2020
Praying for the family of my former teammate and friend Reche Caldwell. He’s gone way too soon. 🙏🏽— Robert Gillespie (@UNCCoachG) June 7, 2020
We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of former Patriot Reche Caldwell.— New England Patriots (@Patriots) June 7, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/mxBtkTXTKD
Reche Caldwell was a few years older than me and part of a trio of WRs at UF that I really looked up to coming out of HS and when I was in college. When I hosted his brother Bubba on his OV to USC, I remember asking all these questions about his brother. 🙏🏾— Keary Colbert (@kearycolbert) June 7, 2020
Damn man RIP another Tampa legend smh Reche Caldwell 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽— Big Bent (@_BigBent) June 7, 2020
Reche Caldwell should be remembered in NE as a key piece to that scrappy underdog 2006 Patriots team. RIP 🙏🏻— Robert Alvarez (Dinos 23-6) (@ralvarez617) June 7, 2020
Damn.— Joel Sebastianelli (@JJSebastianelli) June 7, 2020
Most stories use pics of Reche Caldwell with Patriots or Chargers, but he was a certified Gator great.
8th in receptions (141), 8th most yards in a single season (1,059 in ‘01), 10 straight games with a TD catch ranks 2nd.
More to life than stats anyway. He was 41...RIP https://t.co/9F4BExlNeY pic.twitter.com/rM8dIOQmO9
Horrible hearing what happened to Reche Caldwell... took this photo of him at the very first Pats game I was ever at. RIP. pic.twitter.com/Rrw5rEkqx4— Kyle Cormier (@KyleJCormier) June 7, 2020
Waking up to the news of the passing of my Gator brother Reche Caldwell aka Freaky Re. Blessings & condolences to his family.— Ran Carthon (@RanCarthon) June 7, 2020
Man I remember that loaded Florida Gators offense and Reche Caldwell being a big part of that. RIP to him.— Ross Read (@RossRead) June 7, 2020
God Bless Reche Caldwell. ☹️🙏— Javier Arenas (@JavierArenas21) June 7, 2020
Reports out of Tampa are that Reche Caldwell, former Gators, then NFL WR, passed away last night. I went to middle school and high school with Reche and if you’re from my generation in Tampa then you know there was no athlete like him.— Fred McCormick (@Fred_McCormick_) June 7, 2020
The thing about Reche Caldwell is that not only was he a legend on the field at Jefferson, he inspired so many Tampa kids to chase their dreams. As far as I’m concerned, that’s his legacy. And he did all that with a big smile.— Fred McCormick (@Fred_McCormick_) June 7, 2020
We are terribly saddened to hear of the passing of former Redskins WR Reche Caldwell.— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) June 7, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Caldwell family along with all of Reche’s friends and teammates. pic.twitter.com/0uvTObcNRh
Ughhh. My God. My heart is broken. RIP Reche Caldwell. 💔💔💔 #foreverGator 🧡💙— rosagator98 🧡💙 (@rosagator98) June 7, 2020
Always kept us laughing and light hearted. Always had the biggest smile. Always had the greatest stories. Sad to hear about the passing of my teammate Reche Caldwell. May the Lord comfort his family during this time.— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) June 7, 2020
Truly a sad day for Jefferson Football as we lost a JBoy great- Donald Reche Caldwell Jr. Our condolences go out to the Caldwell Family.— Jefferson High School Football College Recruiting (@Jboy_Recruits) June 7, 2020
— Once a Dragon ALWAYS a Dragon pic.twitter.com/OAWoKji3zN
RIP Reche, you were one of the best we ever competed against ❗️Blessings to all the Caldwell family. Be strong & stay close .... FAMILY ❗️— Sean Callahan (@seancal8) June 7, 2020
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