Former Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson died late Saturday night, according to a report from the Austin American-Statesman’s Tony Plohetski.
Benson, 36, was involved in a motorcycle crash with a minivan in northwest Austin, where he played college football at Texas, that left him and one other dead plus two others injured.
BREAKING: Former UT and NFL football player Cedric Benson killed in Austin overnight motorcycle crash, family and friends confirm.
— Tony Plohetski (@tplohetski) August 18, 2019
Law enforcement agencies reported that the crash took place at 10:22 p.m. when a motorcycle hit a white minivan that was pulling out onto the roadway. According the the Austin-Travis County EMS, there were a “vehicle and person on fire.”
By Sunday morning, news of Benson’s death had spread across social media. His former coach at Texas, Mack Brown, responded to an Instagram post, saying, “We lost a great one way too soon. #RIP” while Benson’s relative Dominic posted to Facebook, “No no no no no no God no!!!! Why him man!!!!! Not Ced man”
After a storied career at the University of Texas, Benson was selected fourth overall in the 2005 draft by the Chicago Bears. He played eight seasons in the NFL and accumulated 6,017 yards.