Former NFL player and Texas Longhorns star Cedric Benson dies in a motorcycle crash

(CNN) — Renowned running back Cedric Benson, who soared to stardom as a Texas Longhornlegend, died Saturday night. He was 36 years old.
Austin authorities said a minivan was hoping to cross a part when it ran right into a motorcycle, CNN affiliate KXAN reported. Both Benson and a woman were declared dead at the scene.
Our condolences to the friends and family of prior Bears running back Cedric Benson, our 4th general Draft choice in 2005 and member of the 2006 NFC Champions staff, the Chicago Bears tweeted Sunday.
Hours prior to the accident, Benson published a photograph of a motorcycle on Instagram with the captionMy Saturday day,surrounded by hearts.
Benson is the rusher in college football history and rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of the four seasons .
His 64 career are second in school history.
He even won the Doak Walker Award, which will be given to the nations best once he rushed for 19 touchdowns and 1,834 yards. Benson got All-American honors in 2004.
Very sad day with the passing of Longhorn Legend Cedric Benson, the University of Texas soccer team tweeted. All our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and our community of lettermen. Hell be missed
His school coach, Mack Brown, called Bensonamong our favorites.
He was a true spirit — among the toughest players we coached, if not the toughest, Brown told reporters Sunday. I, along with a great deal of Longhorns, are just crushed.
Benson played eight years in the NFL.
While playing for three teams, completing with 6,017 career rushing yards and 32 24, he rushed three times.
Cedric was a nice soccer player for us, Cincinnati Bengals President Mike Brown said. Our business is deeply saddened by his sudden and tragic passing. The Bengals extend our deepest condolences to Cedrics family.
Former Bengals running backs coach Jim Anderson said he is the passing of mourning Benson.
Once he bought into our system, he was like a blossom. He just cried, Anderson said. He offered us an element we did not have. We had men that are complementary, but Cedric gave us a element that is missing. He had been a fantastic man. He had been one of my men and it hurts. Life is too short

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