Former NFL running Cedric Benson, one of the most prolific home-made machines in NCAA and Texas history, died in a motorcycle crash Saturday night in Austin, Texas. According to CBS, a woman in her 30s, who was involved in a motorcycle and a minivan, also died in the crash.
36-year-old Benson is a key contributor to the resumption of the Longhorns under coach Mac Brown, who said Sunday that Benson
was "as good as you'll ever see as a football player, and as tough as they come," says Brown, who recently returned to the North Carolina coach after a long run in Texas, "But what I will most remember is what a special, special person he was. We were always comfortable talking to him because he was so a bright and unique person. There will never be another like him and he will be an expensive prop on of permanent by It's heartbreaking, but we feel very lucky to have had him in my life. "
Benson was one of the best rookies from the town of Midland in West Texas. He played in Texas from 2001-2004 and his 5,540 yards ranked second in the university and ninth in NCAA history. He noted 64 sensors in his career with the Longhorns and won the Walker Walker Award given to the nation's top in 2004.
He was the only player in school history to rush for at least 1,000 yards over four seasons and was inducted into the University Hall of Honor in 2014.
Benson was drafted No. 4 overall by the Bears in 2005. and helped Chicago reach the playoffs next season. He had his best years with Cincinnati from 2008-11, taking on the role of a team that made the playoffs twice but lost in the first round each time.
Benson is running for his career high of 1,251 yards while managing the playoffs in 2009, the first of three straight 1,000-yard seasons. He also led the Bengals to the playoffs in 2011 when Andy Dalton and A.J. The Green arrived as recruits.
"Cedric was a good football player for us," said Bengals President Mike Brown. "He has played a major role for several years here, including several playoffs.
" After he entered our system, he was like a flower. He just blossomed, "said the former Bengals coach who returned Jim Anderson's back." He gave us an item we didn't have. We had complementary boys, but Cedric gave us the missing element. He was a good man. It was one of mine and it hurts. Life is too short. "
Benson played one season with Green Bay, where he started his first five games in 2012 before suffering a season-ending fracture to Indianapolis-based Lisfrank on October 17. He rushed for 248 yards and a touchdown on 71 carries and caught 14 passes for 97 yards in five games with the Packers before a leg injury.
He completed his NFL career with 617 yards and 46 touchdowns.
Benson returned to Austin after his playing career and set up a foundation, NUFCED, to help disadvantaged children and families. These efforts include assistance in repairing the damage to the home of the first victim killed in a series of assaults in Austin in early 2018