A former Patriot was shot dead, and the entire nation panics. This happened in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and protests against racial injustice. Although the death of Donald Caldwell may not be associated with the latest events, it shocked a lot of peopl.
The former Patriots receiver was shot in Tampa Bay on Saturday. Caldwell was 41 and the information was confirmed by several sources, including Adam Schefter from ESPN.
The former Patriot was shot dead
Chargers selected Caldwell in the second round with the 48th overall selection in the 2002 NFL Draft. He had a good career at Florida. During that period, the wide receiver was able to catch 141 passes for 2,088 yards (14.8 yards per reception) and 18 touchdowns.
The wide receiver saw action in 16 games (14 starts) for the Patriots in 2006. He had 61 catches for 760 yards (12.5 yards per reception) and four touchdowns.
The former University of Florida star appeared in six seasons in the NFL for the San Diego Chargers (2002-05), Patriots (2006) and Washington Redskins (2007). He had 152 catches for 1,851 yards (12.2 yards per reception) and 11 touchdowns during his football career.
The talented wide receiver also started three playoff games for Bill Belichick’s team. Caldwell had16 catches for 176 yards (11.0 yards per reception) and one score in those three games. The Patriots lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship that season.
According to TMZ, Caldwell’s mom Deborah Caldwell confirmed the tragedy. Her son was shot in the chest and leg.
“He was a good person who smiled all of the time,” his mother Deborah Caldwell told TMZ. “He tried to help everyone he could. Caldwell was the type of guy who would take his shirt off his back and give it to you.”
Caldwell’s brother Andre Caldwell, 35 was wide receiver Florida. He spent eight years in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals (2008-11) and Denver Broncos (2012-15).
This was a rather shocking development, and the death of Caldwell made people ask questions. There’s an ongoing investigation into his death, and hopefully, his family will find the answers they have been looking for. We send our thoughts and prayers to the family and those who knew Caldwell.