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Ex-Jefferson, NFL player Caldwell arrested again

— A former Jefferson High and University of Florida standout football player who also played for several NFL teams was arrested Tuesday in Tampa, accused of selling the drug Ecstasy, according to a Hillsborough County jail report.

Donald Reche Caldwell, 35, of Tampa, faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, according to jail records. Caldwell was arrested at around 12:35 p.m. at 10420 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa.

He remains in jail with bail set at $2,000.

Caldwell was an All-America quarterback at Jefferson High who went on to play wide receiver at the University of Florida and with several NFL teams, including the New England Patriots.

Caldwell was a standout in football and baseball at Jefferson. As a three-year starter at quarterback, he threw for 6,936 yards and 77 touchdowns, leading the Dragons to the 5A state semifinals in 1997.

He attended the University of Florida from 1998 to 2001, and his best season was as a junior, when he had 65 receptions for 1,059 yards and 10 touchdowns. Caldwell was picked in the second round (48th overall) of the 2002 NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers. He signed with the Patriots in 2006, then played the 2007 season with the Washington Redskins.

Caldwell, whose first name is Donald but is known by his middle name Reche, has a record.

He was arrested this year along with other men on charges of running an illegal gambling house and bookmaking. Those arrests came after Tampa police executed a search warrant at 1746 W. Main St.

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