AUSTIN, TX — According to multiple reports, former longhorn and NFL running back Cedric Benson died in a motorcycle crash on Saturday night.
Benson and a woman in her 30s were riding on a motorcycle when a minivan pulled out of Mount Bonnell Road and hit them, according to official reports by Austin PD and EMS obtained by KVUE. Benson and the woman riding with him both died at the scene. The other two people involved in the crash sustained non-life threatening injuries.
According to police reports provided to KVUE, speed and poor visibility were the biggest factors contributing to the crash.
As a Texas Longhorn, Benson was one of the top running backs in the country and received the Doak Walker award in 2004. He was chosen fourth in the 2005 NFL draft by the Bears and received a $35 million, 5 year contract. Benson later went to play for the Bengals and then the Green Bay Packers.
Our hearts are heavy this morning with the loss of Longhorn legend Cedric Benson. A consensus All American, 2004 Doak Walker Award winner, and second on the UT all-time rushing list. He made the UT Hall of Honor in 2014 and played eight seasons in the NFL. RIP, Cedric. 🤘 https://t.co/x48KSNlVFW— Texas Exes (@TexasExes) August 18, 2019