Tampa native playing in the Super Bowl 50

Posted at 5:36 PM, Feb 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-05 17:36:24-05

During the Super Bowl, keep an eye out for number 12 on the Broncos.

Andre Caldwell went to Jefferson High School in Tampa.

Coach Dan Lea calls the NFL player’s time here, the "Bubba Years."

“He got the name Bubba, because he was a little chunky as a kid. He worked his way out of that quick,” said Lea.

In 2002, his senior year, Caldwell moved from wide receiver to quarterback leading the dragons to a 4-A state championship.

“Bubba said what if I take it to the house, I would be dog gone if he didn't take the snap, and take it 91 yards to a touchdown,” Lea remembers.

Going on to play for Florida, and now for the Broncos in the Super Bowl, his legacy has paved the way for one of the best football program’s in the state.

Since he graduated, 168 student athletes have signed college scholarships.

From training there, to most recently at Cooper Sports, Caldwell is known for his hard work on and off the field.

“We have a jersey from Dre back when he was with the Bangles,” said owner Josh Cooper, “Dre would train four days a week, two hours a day so we would spend 45 minutes on the turf, the speed and agility training.”

So on Super Bowl Sunday you bet eyes will be on number 12, a number bringing glory to Tampa Bay.

“We remember him, and hope he remembers us. I'm sure he does,” Lea said.