Former NFL back Cedric Benson has died

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Former NFL running back Cedric Benson has died. He was 36.

Benson was killed in a motorcycle crash on Saturday night in Austin, Texas. Benson and an unnamed women — who also died — were hit by a minivan, according to KVUE’s Jeff Bell. The crash caused one of the vehicles to catch on fire.

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The accident happened at approx. 10:20 local time. The Austin Police Department, Austin Fire Department, and the Austin-Travis County EMS were dispatched to the scene, according to KVUE. Also, a life-flight helicopter was called to the scene at the 5600 block of Mount Bonnell Road.

According to the authorities, a minivan pulled out in front of Benson and the unidentified woman and hit them. The police said speed and poor visibility is what led to the accident.

Both individuals inside the minivan stayed at the scene, according to KVUE. There is no indication if they were injured.

“If you’re not really careful, or you’re going slightly over the speed limit, it is very difficult to stop,” said Sergeant Eric Wilson.

Benson played college football with the Texas Longhorns. He was the Chicago Bears No. 4 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.

He spent three seasons with the Bears, before signing with the Cincinnati Bengals. Benson played there from 2008 through 2011.

He played his final season in the league with the Green Bay Packers in 2012.

In his NFL career, he appeared in 96 games, including 71 starts. He had 1,600 carries for 6,017 yards and 32 touchdowns. He also had 120 receptions for 833 yards and one touchdown.

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