Steve Spurrier, Rex Grossman offer condolences for Reche Caldwell, dead at 41

Reche Caldwell #17 of the Florida Gators. Credit: Andy Lyons /Allsport
Reche Caldwell #17 of the Florida Gators. Credit: Andy Lyons /Allsport /

Reche Caldwell’s Florida football coach and teammates pay tribute.

Former Florida Gators and NFL receiver Reche Caldwell was shot and killed outside his Tampa home over the weekend. TMZ reported the murder of the 41-year-old was not a random act.

Reportedly, Caldwell was about to take his girlfriend out on a date when he went back inside his residence to grab a jacket when he was ambushed by men hiding in bushes who tried to rob him. Caldwell was shot in the leg and chest and was pronounced dead after he was transported to a nearby hospital.

As news of Caldwell’s death circulated on Sunday, Caldwell’s former teammates at Florida and in the NFL where he played six seasons with the Chargers, Redskins and Patriots poured out on Twitter.

Caldwell was a second round pick of the Chargers after a standout career with the Florida Gators where he had 148 receptions for 2,088 yards and 18 touchdowns over his three years in Gainesville.

The Florida football account tweeted their condolences and kept him in their thoughts and prayers.

Caldwell was one of the top targets of Florida quarterback Rex Grossman who said he was one of his favorite teammates and will forever be remembered for his talent, humor and success.

Caldwell’s college coach Steve Spurrier remembered his game in the 2000 SEC Championship Game when he had three catches for 91 yards and two touchdowns.

Caldwell’s NFL teammates, including Asante Samuel, Chad Johnson, Donte Stallworth, Benjamin Watson and Tom Brady all took time to pay remembrance to their slain teammate.

Caldwell’s former NFL teams all shared their condolences on social media.

Caldwell had 152 receptions for 1,851 yards and 11 touchdowns in his six-year career. His finest season came in 2006 with the Patriots when he had 61 receptions for 750 yards and four touchdowns, all career-high numbers.

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