Former 2005 number four overall draft pick and running back Cedric Benson was pronounced dead on Saturday from injuries sustained from a motorcycle incident in Austin, Texas.
First reported by NFL’s Dov Kleiman, the former University of Texas standout’s death was first brought up in a Facebook post by Benson’s brother, Dominic.
Cedric Benson's brother posted to confirm the news about his brother. It was reportedly a motorcycle accident in Austin, Texas. pic.twitter.com/EL3saAn77D— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 18, 2019
Benson played for three teams during his eight year NFL career, most notably with the Chicago Bears and Cincinnati Bengals. He also played with the Green Bay Packers for one season in 2012.
During his time with the Bengals, he achieved three 1,000-yard rushing seasons all during his tenure there.
His main accomplishments include winning with NFC Championship with the Bears in the 2006 season and being named Consensus All-American while with the Texas Longhorns.
Along with the many tributes gathered from his former coaches and teammates, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Former @TexasLonghorns coach Mack Brown, who coached Cedric Benson, posted the following. pic.twitter.com/JqwjH1RRy0— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 18, 2019
R.I.P Cedric Benson 👼🏾 pic.twitter.com/dLoIIOd3zY— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) August 18, 2019