Former National Football League wide receiver and local football star Donald R. "Reche" Caldwell was arrested early Friday and charged with possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
A sheriff's deputy saw Caldwell's 2006 Lincoln Continental pickup truck at West Waters Avenue and Anderson Road about 12:30 a.m. and ran a routine check of the license plate number, which revealed that Caldwell had a suspended driver's license.
The deputy pulled the vehicle over. Caldwell was driving and was alone in the vehicle, the sheriff's office said.
Deputies impounded the pickup truck and found a plastic baggie with a small amount of marijuana next to the driver's seat.
Caldwell was released from the Hillsborough County Jail at 5:30 a.m. after posting bail set at $750.
Caldwell was a star quarterback at Jefferson High School in the 1990s. He attended the University of Florida, where he played wide receiver. In 2002, he was drafted in the second round of the NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.
He played six seasons in the NFL with the Chargers, the Washington Redskins and New England Patriots. His best season was in 2006 with the Patriots where he caught 61 passes with a 12.5-yard average and four touchdowns.
He had a total of 152 receptions for 1,851 yards and 11 touchdowns. He signed with the St. Louis Rams in 2008, but was released before the regular season.
He is the older brother of Andre Caldwell, a wide receiver with the Cincinnati Bengals.