AUSTIN (KXAN) — Former UT running back Cedric Benson was killed in a motorcycle crash in west Austin Saturday night.
Austin police responded to the crash at the 5600 block of Mt. Bonnell Rd. around 10:20 p.m.
Police say a mini-van was trying to cross the intersection when it ran into a motorcycle. Benson and a woman were pronounced dead at the scene.
Family and fans of Benson took to social media to grieve for the former Longhorn. Benson’s brother posted on facebook about his brother’s death and his former UT coach Mack Brown offered his condolences on Instagram.
Benson was drafted 4th overall by the Chicago Bears in 2005
He rushed for 5,540 yards during his Texas career and won the Doak Walker award in 2004 given to college football’s best running back.
Benson played his high school ball at Midland Lee where he was viewed as one of the best prospects in the country. He was 36-years-old.
Benson rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his four years at Texas from 2001-2004. In his 2004 season, Benson ran for 1,834 yards and 19 touchdowns and won the Doak Walker award for the nation’s best running back and was a first-team All-American.
In all, Benson ran for 5,540 yards and 64 rushing touchdowns, second behind Ricky Williams at Texas and currently ranks 9th all-time in NCAA rushing yards. Benson was inducted into the UT Hall of Honor in 2014.
Benson was a first-round draft pick by the Chicago Bears in 2005. He played eight seasons in the NFL with the Bears, Bengals, and Packers. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards three times, ending his career with 6,017 yards. Benson was inducted into the UT Hall of Honor in 2014.
Benson was also an outstanding baseball player at Midland Lee High School. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 12th round following his senior year. Benson played in Summer League with the Dodgers in Vero Beach and in their Gulf Coast League team.
Outside of his football career, Benson created the Texas non-profit organization NUFCED, aimed at helping underprivileged families and improving educational development through community and school programs. In 2018 NUFCED worked to help repair a family’s home damaged by the Austin serial bomber.
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