Published: Sun, August 18, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Former Texas star, National Football League player Cedric Benson, 36, killed in motorcycle crash

Former Texas star, National Football League player Cedric Benson, 36, killed in motorcycle crash

Former NFL running back and University of Texas star Cedric Benson died Saturday night in a motorcycle crash, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Two other adults were reportedly injured in the crash, law enforcement officials said.

KVUE in Austin was one of the first to report the Benson was the man on the bike, citing family posts on social media.

Benson's brother, Dominic, posted the following on Facebook, confirming Cedric's passing.

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Benson's death came three days after he appeared in a Travis County courtroom and was found guilty of the lesser charge of obstruction of a passageway in connection to a 2017 drunken-driving arrest in downtown Austin.

Benson has the second-most rushing yards in Texas Longhorns history with 5,540 yards in his four seasons, and his 64 rushing touchdowns are also second-most in program history.

The Texas product was taken by the Bears with the fourth pick in the 2005 draft. Greater individual success awaited him as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, where he put up three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons from 2009-2011.

In 2012, Benson signed with the Green Bay Packers.

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