Sad news to report this morning as former Texas Longhorns star running back, Cedric Benson, died last night. He was 36 years old.
According to Tony Plohetski of the Austin American-Statesman, Benson died in a motorcycle accident.
BREAKING: Former UT and NFL football player Cedric Benson killed in Austin overnight motorcycle crash, family and friends confirm.
— Tony Plohetski (@tplohetski) August 18, 2019
Benson played for the University of Texas from 2001 to 2004 and was a star. He finished his career as the Longhorns’ second leading rusher of all-time, amassing 5,540 yards and 64 TDs. After a season in which he won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back in 2004, he was selected with the fourth pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, playing two seasons in the Windy City before moving on to the Bengals, where he had found his most success, rushing for 4,176 yards and 21 TDs.
The accident occurred last night in Austin. According to the story by Tony Plohetski:
“Austin emergency officials told the American-Statesman that they are investigating the crash in the 5600 block Mount Bonnell Road after 10 p.m. Saturday and had information that Benson and a passenger were killed. Two other adults who were injured in the crash suffered non-fatal injuries. Official confirmation by the Travis County medical examiner could come later in the day Sunday.”
In a Facebook post, Benson’s brother emotionally confirmed the sad news about Cedric.
Cedric Benson's brother posted to confirm the news about his brother. It was reportedly a motorcycle accident in Austin, Texas. pic.twitter.com/EL3saAn77D
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 18, 2019
RIP Cedric Benson.