Ex-NFL Running Back Cedric Benson Dies After Motorcycle Crash

Former NFL running back Cedric Benson died at the age of 36 following a motorcycle crash in Austin, Texas on Saturday, according to CBS Austin.

Benson was one of two people who died in a collision between a minivan and a motorcycle on Saturday night at 10:22 pm, with the report stating that a “vehicle and person on fire” on the scene.

Benson was driving the motorcycle with a woman passenger, who also died as a result of the crash.

Furthermore, two other people involved in the crash refused to be treated by medical professionals, per the report.

“Police said Benson and a woman were on a motorcycle heading down RM 2222 when a minivan pulled out on Mount Bonnell Road and hit them”, according to KVUE.

The report stated that police said that “speed and poor visibility were the biggest factors in the crash.”

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

Benson as drafted with the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft by the Chicago Bears and spent 8 years in the NFL.

While he didn’t live up to his lofty draft status with the Bears, Benson was much better during his four-year tenure with the Cincinnati Bengals, where he rushed for over 1,000 yards in three seasons with Cincy.

Benson played in five games with the Green Bay Packers in 2012 before suffering a foot injury that would ultimately put an end to his career.

Benson ended his career rushing for 6,017 yards and 32 total touchdowns.