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Former Texas Longhorn Running Back Cedric Benson Dies in Motorcycle Accident

August 18, 2019 - 11:25 am

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Former Midland Lee Rebel and Texas Longhorn running back Cedric Benson has passed away as a result of a motorcycle accident that occurred in Austin late Saturday evening.

The accident also took the life of an unnamed woman who was riding as Benson's passenger in the accident. 

Per a report by the Austin American Statesman, the collision between Benson's motorcycle and the other vehicle occurred around 10 p.m. central time. 

Two other adults were reported in the colliding vehicle but were not fatally injured. 

Benson was one of the most productive players at his position in college football history, finishing as the NCAA's sixth all-time leading rusher with 5,540 yards rushing, 64 touchdowns, and averaging 5.0 yards per carry for his career. 

Those numbers also place him second in Texas school history behind Heisman Trophy winner, Ricky Williams. 

After being selected fourth overall by the Chicago Bears in the 2005 NFL Draft, Benson's professional career did not see the same production, as he rushed for a total of just 6,017 and 32 touchdowns in eight seasons, and with three different teams. 

Benson spent his final season in Green Bay, where he suffered a season-ending, and ultimately career-ending injury.

Benson was 36-years-old.