Funeral for Cedric Benson set for Saturday in Austin

Posted August 22nd, 2019


Funeral services for Cedric Benson, a University of Texas football great and former NFL player who died in a motorcycle crash Saturday, have been set for this weekend.

Benson died along with 27-year-old Aamna Najam, a recent doctoral graduate from UT, around 10 p.m. after Benson’s motorcycle slammed into a van that attempted to turn left from Mount Bonnell Road onto RM 2222.

A public visitation will be at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N. Lamar Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday. Family will be present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Benson’s funeral will follow Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 3417 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. A private burial will be held at the Texas State Cemetery after the service.

Benson played for the Longhorns from 2001 to 2004. Topping 1,000 yards rushing each season, he gained the second-most rushing yards in the program’s history before being selected by the Chicago Bears in 2005 as the fourth overall pick in the NFL draft. He later played for the Green Bay Packers and the Cincinnati Bengals during his eight seasons in the league.

After his football career, he shifted to business development and work for his charity, Nurturing Underprivileged Families Cultivating Educational Development — NUFCED.

Condolences can be shared with Benson’s family on the Cook-Walden Funeral Home website.

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