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

(CNN) — Famed running back Cedric Benson, who soared to stardom as a Texas Longhorn”legend,” died Saturday night. He was 36 years old. Austin authorities said a minivan was trying to cross an intersection when it ran right into a motorcycle, CNN affiliate KXAN reported. A girl and both Benson were pronounced dead at the scene. “Our condolences to the family and friends of prior Bears running back Cedric Benson, our 4th overall Draft pick in 2005 and manhood of the 2006 NFC Champions team,” the Chicago Bears tweeted Sunday. Hours before the crash, Benson published a photo of a motorcycle on Instagram with the caption”My Saturday day,”surrounded by kisses. Benson rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of the four seasons in Texas and is the 9th-leading rusher in college football history, with 5,540 yards. His 64 career rushing touchdowns are second in school history. He won the Doak Walker Award, which will be given to the nation’s top running back, after he rushed for 1,834 yards and 19 touchdowns. Benson also got All-American honors. “Really miserable day with the departure of Longhorn Legend Cedric Benson,” that the University of Texas soccer team tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones and friends and our community of lettermen. He will be missed.” His school coach, Mack Brown, called Benson”one of our favorites” “He was a genuine spirit — among the toughest players we ever coached, maybe not the toughest,” Brown told reporters Sunday. “I, along with a lot of Longhorns, are just crushed.” Benson played in the NFL. He rushed three times while playing three teams, finishing with 6,017 career. “Cedric was a fine football player for us,” Cincinnati Bengals President Mike Brown explained. “Our business is deeply saddened by his sudden and tragic passing. The Bengals extend our deepest condolences to Cedric’s family” Former Bengals running backs coach Jim Anderson said he’s mourning Benson’s passing. “Once he bought into our system, he had been just like a blossom. He only triumphed,” Anderson said. “He offered us a component we didn’t have. We had complementary men, but Cedric gave us a missing element. He had been a man that is fantastic. He had been one of my men and it hurts. Life is too short.”

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