Former Texas star dies in motorcycle crash

Donnavan Smoot

Former NFL running back and Texas legend Cedric Benson died Saturday night in a motorcycle crash, family members confirmed Sunday morning. 

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. 

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.