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17 days to Gator football! #17 Reche Caldwell

Discussion in 'Gator Football' started by Escambia94, Aug 7, 2019.

  1. Escambia94

    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

    #17 Donald Reche Caldwell of Tampa, Florida played wide receiver for Steve Spurrier‘s Florida Gators from 1998 to 2001. Before signing with the Gators he was drafted by the Cincinatti Reds. Reche was Honorable Mention All American, 2nd Team All SEC, and a Fred Biletnikoff finalist. Reche finished his career with 141 receptions, 2088 yards (14.8 avg) and 18 touchdowns while returning 5 punts for 49 yards and completing one pass for 9 yards. At the time, he was only one of nine Gators with 1,000 yards receiving in a season.

    Reche was a second round pick by the the San Diego Chargers in the 2002 NFL draft. Trivia: the pick that San Diego used to select Reche came from a 2001 trade that sent the number one pick to the Atlanta Falcons for Michael Vick. He played for the Chargers until 2005 before rounding out his career with a year with the New England Patriots (2006), Washington Redskins (2007), and St Louis Rams (2008). Reche ran a small business in his hometown of Tampa before he ran into trouble with the law and spent some time in a minimum security prison and finally returning home to Tampa to live the quiet life. Trivia note: Reche is the older brother of fellow Gator Andre “Bubba” Caldwell (2003-2007).
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