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Yea, I'm seeing it down here in the Austin area but nothing official yet.

Appears he was on a motorcycle, with a female passenger on back, when a minivan pulled out in front of them on 2222. They are probably trying to alert family before releasing the names.

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BREAKING: Cedric Benson, Former NFL Back, Dead at 36

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Cedric Benson Dead

GettyFootball player Cedric Benson attends KWL's 4th Annual Sports And Entertainment Celebration Honoring NFL's Rising Stars Colin Kaepernick And Robert Quinn at Manon on January 30, 2014 in New York City.

Cedric Benson, the former No. 4 pick to the Chicago Bears and longtime NFL running back, has passed away. He was 36. The initial report came from Dov Kleiman, who confirmed the news through a Facebook post made by Benson’s brother Dominic.

“Cedric Benson’s brother posted to confirm the news about his brother,” Kleiman tweeted. “It was reportedly a motorcycle accident in Austin, Texas.”

Dominic “Eye” Benson commented in the thread that “My brother gone.”


Former #Bears 4th overall pick, RB Cedric Benson, has passed. RIP.


Cedric Benson's brother posted to confirm the news about his brother. It was reportedly a motorcycle accident in Austin, Texas.

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CBS Austin also reports a motorcycle accident with two people dead. It describes the two victims as a “a man and a woman in their 30’s.”

A spokesperson with the police department states that the motorcycle was traveling westbound on RM 2222 when it struck the white minivan that was pulling out of Mount Bonnell onto the roadway. The two people who died on scene were on the motorcycle, the spokesperson said.

It is not confirmed that Benson is the male victim in this crash, but his age matches the report and Kleiman noted that the cause of death was a motorcycle accident.

Benson was an All-American and Doak Walker Award winner at Texas in 2004. The Bears drafted him in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. His most successful seasons came with the Bengals from 2009-11, where he eclipsed 1,000 yards each time.

He finished his career with 6,017 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns.

This is a developing story.


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I was coaching at Abilene Cooper when he was at Lee. He was without question the finest high school football player I’ve ever seen. Three straight state championships when everyone in the entire state knew they were giving him the ball almost every snap... amazing. But he was an amazing baseball player. He played in turfs not spikes. I didn’t have my pitchers throw him a fastball in two seasons. 


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Top 50 high school running backs of all time


17. Cedric Benson, Midland Lee (Midland, Texas), 2000
High school: Benson led Lee to a 43-3 record and three state championships. He rushed for 3,526 yards as a junior and 2,871 yards as a senior. He finished his career with 8,423 yards
College: A consensus All-American as a senior at Texas, Benson is one of the all-time leading rusher in NCAA history with 5,540 yards.
Professional: Played eight seasons in the NFL with three teams and rushed for 6,017 yards



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Top 10 all-time running backs in Texas history




Cedric Benson (Photo: Jonathan Daniel, Getty)

Seasons: 2001 to 2004

Career: 5,540 rushing yards, 1,112 attempts, 64 touchdowns, 5 yards per carry

Accolades: 2004 Doak Walker Award winner, consensus All-American (2004), No. 3 NCAA career touchdowns

Cedric Benson was one of the best running backs to make his way onto the 40 Acres. A four-year starter for Mack Brown, Benson has his name at the top of the Longhorns' record book with his school-record 1,112 carries. The running back ranks second in Texas football history after he rushed for more than 100 yards in 25 career games, falling only behind Ricky Williams. His college career tremendously helped Benson's draft stock as the Chicago Bears selected him with the No. 4 overall pick in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Benson played eight seasons in the National Football League, including seven with the Bears, before he retired following the 2012 football season.






Collegiate career

Benson attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a four-year starter for the Texas Longhorns football team. As a senior in 2004, he received the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back and was recognized as a consensus All-American. He finished his college career with 5,540 rushing yards to rank sixth all time in NCAA Division I-A history, and second only to Ricky Williams in Longhorns team history.

He has often been compared to Williams, due to their similarities in running style, college choice, legal complications,[3][4] and superficial appearance (roughly the same size and build coming out of college, and both had dreadlocks early in their careers), and the fact that they had both been minor league baseball players.

While attending the University of Texas, Benson majored in social work and sociology. During his latter years, he earned membership into the Texas' Athletics Director's Academic Honor Roll, and the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall of 2003. Also, while in college, Benson was arrested twice, once for possession of marijuana and the other for criminal trespass. The marijuana case was dropped after a friend came forward and claimed ownership. He received 8 days in jail for the trespass conviction although he spent no time in jail other than the day of arrest due to overcrowding in Travis County Jail. He was forced to serve a one-half game suspension against Baylor University.[5]

College statistics

  Rushing Receiving
Year Team GP Att Yards Avg TDs Rec Yards TDs
2001 Texas 12 223 1,053 4.7 12 17 203 1
2002 Texas 13 305 1,293 4.2 12 21 119 0
2003 Texas 12 258 1,360 5.3 21 9 120 1
2004 Texas 12 326 1,834 5.6 19 22 179 1
College Totals 49 1,112 5,540 5.0 64 69 621 3



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