Former NFL running back and Texas legend Cedric Benson died Saturday night in a motorcycle crash, family members confirmed Sunday morning.
Saddened by the reports on the passing of Cedric Benson. We’ve coached a lot of tough players but none were tougher than Cedric. He was a true spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family on this sad day. pic.twitter.com/6afR0AFiJW— Mack Brown (@CoachMackBrown) August 18, 2019
Benson, 36, was reportedly driving down FM 2222 at the 5600 block of Mount Bonnell Road when a minivan moved in front of him and caused the collision. On the motorcycle with him was a woman in her 30s, who also passed away.
FINAL: Auto v Motorcycle at ~5600 blk Mount Bonnell Rd; #ATCEMSMedics advising 4 total patients - 2 adult patients, ~30's Male & 30's Female declared Deceased On Scene & 2 adult patients with non-life-threatening injuries will be non-transports. Expect extended road closures.— ATCEMS (@ATCEMS) August 18, 2019
According to police, speed and poor visibility were the biggest factors in the crash.
Benson played as a four-year starter at Texas from 2001-2004, landing on one of the All-Big 12 teams each year. Benson surpassed 1,200 all-purpose yards and 12 touchdowns in each of his four seasons. Benson finished his career winning the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's top running back. Benson’s 5,540 career rushing yards ranks sixth in NCAA Division I history.
Benson was selected fourth overall by the Chicago Bears in the 2005 NFL Draft, and went on to play for three teams in eight years. Soon after getting drafted, Benson helped the Bears reach the Super Bowl in 2006. During his career, Benson amassed over 6,000 rushing yards and 32 rushing touchdowns. He finished his career with the Green Bay Packers before retiring in 2012.