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Reports: Former Gator, NFL Receiver Reche Caldwell Killed in Tampa

Reche Caldwell, Artrell Hawkins
New England Patriots unrestricted free agent wide receiver Reche Caldwell (87) looks for running room after making a catch against free agent defensive back Artrell Hawkins (25) at the morning session of the team’s summer camp in Foxborough, Mass., Monday morning July 31, 2006. The Patriots’ first pre-season game is Friday, Aug. 11, 2006 in Atlanta against the Falcons. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Former Florida Gators and NFL wide receiver Reche Caldwell was shot and killed Saturday in Tampa, according to reports.

Caldwell’s mother told TMZ Sports that her son was fatally shot during an attempted robbery.

Additionally, ESPN reporter Jenna Laine, who covers the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, confirmed with police that the 41-year-old former second-round draft pick had been killed.

Caldwell, who grew up in the Tampa area, played for the Steve Spurrier-coached Gators from 1998 to 2001, before going on to spend six seasons in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots and Washington Redskins.

He also helped lead the Gators to an SEC championship in 2000. Caldwell was then selected in the second round of the 2002 NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers, where he played for three seasons, before signing with the New England Patriots in 2006.

He ended up being the Patriots’ leading receiver that year, with 760 yards, but was released at the end of the 2007 preseason.

Reche Caldwell caught 152 passes for 1,851 yards and 11 touchdowns in his NFL career.

No other information is available at this time.