Former NFL player and Texas Longhorns star Cedric Benson dies in a motorcycle crash

(CNN) — Famed running back Cedric Benson, who jumped to stardom as a Texas Longhorn”legend,” died Saturday night. He was 36 years old.
Austin police said that a minivan was hoping to cross a part as it ran right into a bike, CNN affiliate KXAN reported. A woman and both Benson were declared dead at the scene.
“Our condolences to the friends and family of prior Bears running back Cedric Benson, our 4th overall Draft selection in 2005 and associate of the 2006 NFC Champions group,” the Chicago Bears tweeted Sunday.
Hours prior to the wreck, Benson published a photograph of a motorcycle on Instagram using the caption”My Saturday day,”surrounded by hearts.
Benson rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of their four seasons at Texas and will be now the 9th-leading rusher in college football history, with 5,540 yards.
His 64 career rushing touchdowns are second in school history.
He even won the Doak Walker Award, which is given to the country’s top running back, after he dashed for 1,834 yards and 19 touchdowns. Benson made All-American honors.
“Very sad day with the departure of Longhorn Legend Cedric Benson,” that the University of Texas soccer team tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and our neighborhood of lettermen. He will be missed”
His school coach, Mack Brown, called Benson”one of our favorites.”
“He was a genuine soul — among the toughest players we ever coached, maybe not the toughest,” Brown told reporters Sunday. “I, along with a lot of Longhorns, are only crushed.”
Benson played eight years in the NFL.
While playing for three teams, completing with 6,017 career rushing yards and 32 24, he rushed for at least 1,000 yards three times.
“Cedric was a fine soccer player for us,” Cincinnati Bengals President Mike Brown said. “Our organization is deeply saddened by his sudden and tragic death. The Bengals extend our deepest condolences to Cedric’s family”
Former Bengals running backs coach Jim Anderson said he’s mourning Benson’s passing.
“After he bought into our system, he was like a flower. He just triumphed,” Anderson stated. “He offered us a component we didn’t have. We’d complementary guys, but Cedric gave us a lost element. He was a fantastic man. He had been one of my men and it hurts. Life is too short”

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