Texas Longhorns Football Alumni Dies In Motorcycle Crash Saturday Night In Austin
Fans everywhere are devastated.
The Texas Longhorns have had many football stars come and go from their incredible university. One was Cedric Benson, who has just been confirmed dead after a motorcycle crash last night on Saturday, August 18.
During his football career at the University of Texas in Austin, Benson was a four-year starter and running back for the legendary team. The former Texas Longhorn received the Doak Walker Award in 2004 and was the nation's top running back at the time.
Benson was the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft and played for the Chicago Bears right out of college.
On Saturday night, sometime after 10 p.m., Benson was in a crash involving his motorcycle as well as a minivan with two passengers inside, according to TMZ.
Benson had one other person on his motorcycle with him, who also died in the crash. The other person has yet to be identified.
The passengers inside the minivan suffered from some injuries but they were not fatal. The cause of the accident has yet to be determined but the speed and poor visibility are said to be factors.
During his time in the NFL, Benson played for the Bears as well as the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers.
Back in October of 2012 was his last year playing in the NFL and as a Packer. He suffered a Lisfranc injury that ultimately ended his career.
While Benson has had some run-ins with the law involving driving in the past, it is still unclear what ultimately caused the fatal crash.
The passengers inside the other vehicle are said to not be charged with any kind of crime and stayed on the scene to help officers in any way they could.
Benson had an incredible run during his football career. The fatal motorcycle crash has left family, friends, and fans devastated.