New England Patriots’ Reche Caldwell busted in Big Gambling Ring
After their victory over the Indianapolis Colts, the New England Patriots are within one win of a Super Bowl appearance. But while the Patriots are flying high, one of their former players, Reche Caldwell, isn’t doing so good.
Caldwell was one of three men arrested for running an illegal gambling ring in Tampa, Florida. Along with Bobby Eugene Richardson, 37, and Kenlun Dawson, 35, Caldwell accepted sports bets from people around the Tampa Bay area. He and the other three men have all been released on $4,000 bonds.
This is certainly a huge blow to a man who had a pretty good sports career. He was heavily recruited in three sports after starring in baseball, basketball and football for Tampa’s Jefferson High. The Cincinnati Reds drafted Caldwell out of high school, but he opted to accept a football scholarship at the University of Florida instead.
The 6-foot, 210-pound wide receiver had a breakout junior season at Florida after catching 65 passes for 1,059 yards and 10 touchdowns. He is one of just nine Florida receivers to break the 1,000-yard-mark in a season.
Given his strong numbers and athleticism, Caldwell was picked by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft. After two quiet seasons for the Chargers, Caldwell appeared to be coming into his own, grabbing three TD passes in the first five games of the 2004 NFL season. But an ACL injury ended the year for him.
In 2006, the former Florida Gator signed with the New England Patriots, where he had his best season as a pro. Caldwell caught 60 passes for 700 yards in the regular season. However, he is best remembered for dropping two crucial passes in the AFC Championship game, in which the Patriots lost to the Colts by a score of 38-34.
After two uneventful years spent with the Washington Redskins and St. Louis Rams, Reche Caldwell retired from the NFL with 152 catches, 1,851 yards and 11 touchdowns. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the 34-year-old’s retirement is going well since he’s now facing illegal gambling charges.