Former Patriot Reche Caldwell Reportedly Shot Dead Outside Tampa Home

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Tragedy struck the football world Saturday.

Former NFL receiver Donald “Reche” Caldwell was shot dead outside his Tampa home, his mother told TMZ Sports. He was 41 years old.

Caldwell’s mother, Deborah, told TMZ that her son was preparing to take his girlfriend out on a date when he went back into his home to retrieve a jacket. At that moment, Caldwell was “ambushed” by multiple people who jumped out of bushes looking to rob him, according to his girlfriend.

Caldwell reportedly was shot in the leg and chest and died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

“He was a good person who smiled all of the time,” Deborah Caldwell told TMZ. “He tried to help everyone he could. He was the type of guy who would take his shirt off his back and give it to you.”

Caldwell, a University of Florida product, played six seasons in the NFL, including in 2006 with the New England Patriots. He retired after playing the 2007 season with the Washington Redskins.

Authorities have not announced any arrests in the case, according to TMZ.

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