Former NFL wide receiver Reche Caldwell was shot and killed Saturday, according to TMZ.com.
Caldwell's mother told TMZ that the ex-NFL player had gone back into his Tampa home in order to retrieve a jacket before going on a date with his girlfriend when he was ambushed. The gunmen, who emerged from nearby bushes, shot Caldwell in the leg and chest. He passed away in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.
A former second-round pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, Caldwell played six years in the league for the Chargers, Patriots and Redskins.
Caldwell was a key member of the Patriots' wide receiver group that reached the 2006 AFC Championship Game against the Colts. In the Pats' AFC Division Round win in San Diego he caught seven balls for 80 yards and a touchdown.
That one season with the Patriots proved to be Caldwell's best as a pro, playing in all 16 regular-season games while making 61 catches for 760 yards and four touchdowns.
"He was a good person who smiled all of the time,” his mother 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 was 41 years old.