Running back Cedric Benson soared to stardom as a Texas Longhorn legend was 36 years old when he died in a motorcycle crash Saturday night, Aug. 17, 2019.
Police in Austin, Texas reported a minivan was attempting to cross an intersection when it hit a motorcycle, according to CNN affiliate KXAN. Benson and a woman were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Sunday, the Chicago Bears tweeted, “Our condolences to the friends and family of former Bears Cedric Benson, our 4th overall draft pick in 2005 and member of the 2006 NFC Champions Team.”
Hours before the fatal crash, Benson posted a picture of a motorcycle on Instagram. The caption read, “My Saturday evening.” The caption was surrounded by hearts.
Benson rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his four seasons at Texas and is the 9th-leading rusher is college football history with 5,540 yards.
He had 64 career rushing touchdowns, which is the second in school history. As the nation’s top running back, he won the Doak Walker Award for rushing for 1,834 yards and 19 touchdowns. In 2004, Benson also earned All-American honors.
The University of Texas football team sent out a tweet saying, “Very sad with the passing of Longhorn Legend Cedric Benson. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and our community of lettermen. He will be missed.”
Benson’s college coach stated that Benson was one of their favorites. He called him a “true spirit.” Out of all the players they have coached, Benson was one of the toughest.
Additionally, Benson played in the NFL for eight years. He rushed for over 1,000 yards three times while playing for three teams. He finished with 6,017 career rushing yards and 32 touchdowns.
By Jeanette Smith
CNN: Former NFL player and Texas Longhorns star Cedric Benson dies in a motorcycle crash
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