Former Texas star running back Cedric Benson was killed in a motorcycle accident on Saturday night.
Benson, 36, starred at Texas from 2001-04. His 5,540 rushing yards and 64 touchdown runs both rank second in the UT record books. He won the Doak Walker Award in 2004.
Following his four years on the 40 Acres, Benson spent eight seasons in the NFL. After being taken by Chicago with the fourth pick of the 2005 NFL Draft, Benson also suited up for Cincinnati and Green Bay. On the NFL’s all-time rushing charts, Benson ranks 88th all-time with 6,017 yards.
Following the news of Benson’s death, his former teammates, coaches and fans took to their social media platforms to mourn. Said former Texas coach Mack Brown: “We’ve coached a lot of tough players but none were tougher than Cedric.”
Saddened by the reports on the passing of Cedric Benson. We’ve coached a lot of tough players but none were tougher than Cedric. He was a true spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family on this sad day. pic.twitter.com/6afR0AFiJW
— Mack Brown (@CoachMackBrown) August 18, 2019
— Vince Young (@VinceYoung10) August 18, 2019
Love you Ced B. 🙏🏿🧡 this one hurt me.
— MG (@marquisegoodwin) August 18, 2019
It still doesn’t seem real….I remember back in 01 coming into UT together, he told me he would leave Texas as one of the greatest to ever play at the University of Texas. Gone way to soon but will never be forgotten #RIPCedB
— Michael Huff (@Huffy247) August 18, 2019
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Cant even express how much of a tragedy losing my Guy Cedric Benson. From College roommates, to finishing our time at Texas together and living out our dreams of playing in the NFL. Praying for his family and the young lady that lost her life as well. I can still hear you calling me saying CUDDiiiiieeee!!!! RIP Ceddie B!!! You will always be remembered, Love you my brother. 🙏🏾 #legend #longhorngreat @nufced
— Bo Scaife (@BoScaife80) August 18, 2019
Sad to hear about Cedric Benson’s passing. RIP my friend and may God grant peace and healing to his family and friends. ❤️✝️
— Cat Osterman (@catosterman) August 18, 2019
My goodness way to soon. Heartbroken to lose Ced, a good friend and Longhorn Legend.
A great person through and through, a beautiful smile, always positive, and a beast of a competitor.
Such a tragic and horrible loss for all of us. Love you dude. God Bless
RIP Cedric Benson
— Huston Street (@HustonStreet) August 18, 2019
R.I.P to the legend 🤘🏾🙏🏾 https://t.co/EhMxWNuHFT
— keaontay ingram (@keaontay_ingram) August 19, 2019
Rest In Peace to Cedric Benson, A Texas Legend gone too soon pic.twitter.com/RthHjygryQ
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) August 18, 2019
😔 I remember reading about @Cedric_Benson as freshman in high school and being in owe watching him run that rock and seeing his high school stats were mind blowing! Again, Man thanks for motivating us and setting the bar high! From one Texas legend to another… Rest in Peace🤘🏾 pic.twitter.com/Iaf3DLoHMP
— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) August 18, 2019
Damnn! my longhorn family aren’t having the best week. Condolences to the Benson and Drake family 🙏🏾
— Aaron Williams (@ajwilliams23) August 18, 2019
RIP Cedric Benson, one of the greatest @TexasFootball running backs of all time. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, he will be missed! 🙏🏾🤘🏾
— Eric Metcalf (@EricMetcalf21) August 18, 2019
Thank you for the memories, Cedric. A true Longhorn Legend. pic.twitter.com/9gtoqo7ohi
— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) August 18, 2019
🙏🏽🙏🏽 For #32 Cedrick Benson and his fam. My condolences. Packer 4ever. Love everyday.
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) August 18, 2019
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