Caldwell at a scrimmage in Denver in August, 2012.
No. 12 Denver Broncos
|Wide receiver / Kickoff returner|
|Date of birth:April 15, 1985|
|Place of birth: Tampa, Florida|
|High school: Tampa (FL) Jefferson|
|NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 3 / Pick: 97|
|Debuted in 2008 for the Cincinnati Bengals|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2014
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Andre Jerome Caldwell (born April 15, 1985), nicknamed Bubba Caldwell, is an American professional football wide receiver and kickoff returner for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). Caldwell played college football for the University of Florida, where he was a member of a BCS National Championship team. A third-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, he has played professionally for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Denver Broncos.
Caldwell was born in Tampa, Florida in 1985. He attended Tampa's Jefferson High School, where he played quarterback and also lined up at receiver and returned punts for the Jefferson Dragons high school football team. His senior year, he moved from wide receiver to starting quarterback, and passed and rushed for over 2,220 yards and thirty-eight touchdowns while leading the Dragons to a Florida Class 4A state championship. He was the Tampa Tribune's Hillsborough County Player of the Year, an all-state selection, and was named a Parade magazine, SuperPrep and USA Today high school All-American following his senior season in 2002. He played in the 2003 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Caldwell accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Ron Zook and coach Urban Meyer's Florida Gators football team from 2003 to 2007. In part because of his brother Reche's legacy as a Gator, and in part because of his friendship with Florida commitment and quarterback Chris Leak, Caldwell chose to play for the Gators.
As a true freshman seeing limited playing time, he had just nineteen receptions. During his sophomore season in 2004, Caldwell's production jumped to forty-three catches and three receiving touchdowns, as well as two rushes for sixty-six yards and one score. He received a medical redshirt for the 2005 season after fracturing his leg in an early-season Southeastern Conference (SEC) game against the Tennessee Volunteers. During his junior season in 2006, he emerged as the Gators' second leading wide receiver in catches (57), yards (577) and touchdowns (6), and also threw for a touchdown pass in the Gators 38–28 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks in the 2006 SEC Championship Game. As a junior in 2006, he threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to help the Gators win their seventh SEC championship. Four weeks later, the Gators won their first BCS Championship Game and the second national championship in team history.
Just days after the 2007 BCS National Championship Game, Caldwell announced he would return to Florida for his senior season. As a senior team captain in 2007, Caldwell recorded a career-high 761 yards and seven touchdowns on fifty-six receptions, had twelve carries for fifty-eight rushing yards and a touchdown, and was the recipient of the Gators' Fergie Ferguson Award as the "senior football player who displays outstanding leadership, character and courage." Caldwell finished his senior season with 100-yard receiving games against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, Vanderbilt Commodores, South Carolina Gamecocks and Florida Atlantic Owls. His 185 receptions in his four-year college career remains the best career total in Gators history.
Caldwell was also a member of the Florida Gators track and field team, and recorded a personal best of 10.74 seconds in the 100 meters. He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in sociology in December 2007.
2008 NFL Combine
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 0 in||204 lb||4.35 s||1.47 s||2.53 s||4.11 s||6.75 s||36.5 in||10 ft 4 in||18 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine|
The Cincinnati Bengals chose Caldwell in the third round (ninety-seventh overall pick) in the 2008 NFL Draft, and played for the Bengals for four seasons from 2008 to 2011. In his rookie year, he made contributions in late season as a receiver and kickoff returner, and finished with eleven receptions for seventy-eight yards, a 26-yard average on thirteen kickoff returns, and five rushes for fifty-three yards during his rookie season. Caldwell caught his first career touchdown, a game winning touchdown against the Steelers on September 27, 2009. In Week 5, Caldwell caught another game-winning touchdown pass against the Baltimore Ravens with 20 seconds to go in the game.
- 2006 Florida Gators football team
- Florida Gators
- History of the Cincinnati Bengals
- List of Florida Gators football players in the NFL
- List of University of Florida alumni
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- Broncos re-sign Andre Caldwell
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