Motorcycle Crash Claims Life of Football 'Legend'

Cedric Benson and a woman were pronounced dead at the scene
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2019 4:00 PM CDT
Ex-NFL Player and College 'Legend' Dead at Age 36
In this Nov. 6, 2004 file photo Texas running back Cedric Benson is shown in the bench area during the fourth quarter of his team's 56-35 victory over Oklahoma State in Austin, Texas.   (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck, file)

A former NFL running back and Texas Longhorn "legend" lost his life in a Saturday night motorcycle crash, CNN reports. Cedric Benson was only 36. He had posted an image of his BMW motorcycle on Instagram just hours before the west Austin accident, adding heart emojis and the words, "My Saturday evening." Benson and a woman died after a motorcycle collided with a mini-van crossing an intersection, per KXAN. Now football officials and coaches are mourning the loss of an All-American who made waves at the University of Texas at Austin and compiled 6,017 yards and 32 TDs over eight pro years with the Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, and Green Bay Packers, per USA Today.

"He was a true spirit—one of the toughest players we ever coached, if not the toughest," said his college coach, Mack Brown. "I, along with a lot of Longhorns, are just crushed." Benson was a Longhorn hero, scoring 64 rushing touchdowns over four seasons, 1,000 yards each season, and 5,540 yards overall, the ninth-best among college gridiron rushers. The Texas native also won the coveted Doak Walker Award for America's best running back and was an All-American in 2004. "Very sad day with the passing of Longhorn Legend Cedric Benson," tweeted the Longhorns. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and our community of lettermen. He will be missed." (Benson had an unpleasant encounter with the law over 10 years ago.)

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