Reports: Former NFL running back Cedric Benson dies at 36

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Cedric Benson, the fourth overall pick in the 2005 draft, has died, according to multiple reports. He was 36.

Benson’s life reportedly ended in a motorcycle accident on Saturday night in Austin, when the motorcycle on which he was riding struck a minivan. Benson expired at the scene. A woman who was riding on the motorcycle also died.

Benson’s passing has not officially been announced by authorities in Texas. However, former Texas coach Mack Brown acknowledged Benson’s passing during a Sunday press conference held in his current job as the head coach at North Carolina.

Drafted by the Bears, Benson had three subpar seasons that included multiple off-field issues. Released by the Bears, Benson joined the Bengals in 2008, and he rushed for more than 1,000 in three straight seasons, from 2009 through 2011.

In 2012, the Bengals decided not to re-sign Benson. He joined the Packers, but suffered a season-ending injury after playing only five games.

Through eight seasons, Benson generated 6,017 rushing yards, 88th on the all-time rushing list.

Legal issues continued throughout his NFL career, and beyond. On Thursday, he resolved a 2017 DWI case by pleading guilty to a lesser charge.

We extend our condolences to Benson’s family, friends, coaches, and teammates.

47 responses to “Reports: Former NFL running back Cedric Benson dies at 36

  1. Treasure every day you have with the ones you love. It can all end so suddenly. Don’t waste it being angry and upset.

    RIP Cedric

  2. damn, hope it wasnt a drunk driving crash that led to his death. may he rest in piece. it’s sad another woman died as a result.

    stay away from alcohol folks.

  3. Waited on him once in Chicago and he was a really pleasant guy. Sorry to learn of his passing.

  4. Terrible tragedy, always liked Cedric in Chicago. I will never forget that game when he stomped the Bears after he went to the Bengals.

    RIP Benson

  5. For as high as he was drafted his career didn’t turn out the way others predicted but he did manage to put together a solid NFL career. 36 is way too young. RIP CB. Also RIP to his passenger. When I was in my 20s I wanted a motorcycle in the worse way but paying for school, then buying a house, something always came up and I couldn’t justify the extra expense. Then my son came and I couldn’t justify the risk anymore. Still would love to ride but stories like this and a few buddies who have passed away doing the same thing keep me in 4 wheels instead of 2.

  6. I’m aware of the area in Austin where he was riding. Very dark and winedy road. Extremely dangerous. Motorcycles are dangerous, but even more so when you take the risk of riding in questionable areas. Hope Cedric is an organ donor.

  7. OMG!! He was way too young. And to go in such a manner. RIEP and condolences to his family and friends.

  8. I was just thinking the other day about Benson, Ronnie Brown, and Cadillac Williams, and how we may never see three running backs taken in the top five ever again.

    Rest in Peace Ced

  9. Motorcycles are death machines, even if you ride safely. I have my Triumph, but I know
    every time I ride its a crap shoot.

    Very sad to hear…

  10. My best friend was killed in a motorcycle accident several years ago. I sold my bike within a few days of his passing and haven’t been on one since. Just not worth the risk with how people drive and don’t pay attention these days.

  11. Live hard, die young.. so sad. condolences to his and the young lady’s families. I hope he wasn’t showing off like so many young riders do.

  12. He was beloved in Cincy, I do know that. Seemed to focus more on football here… God bless him and the other victims in this tragic accident 🙏

  13. RIP With just settling a DUI, I sure hope alcohol wasn’t involved in this accident!

  14. @harrisonhits2, excellent advice. I’d only add to make sure you also tell your loved ones how much they mean to you while you’re alive to say it, and they’re alive to hear it.

  15. Guy was a workhorse RB at Texas, probably took some tread off his tires to get so many carries in college. Bears wasted that draft pick when they already had Thomas Jones on the roster who after Benson held out during camp, didnt let go of the starting job for 2 years, similar to the Philip Rivers situation when he too was drafted #4, held out, and while he was holding out, Drew Brees didnt let go of the starting job for 2 years.
    Didnt Benson also lose a key fumble in the Super Bowl loss vs Indy?
    I do remember Benson’s first game vs his old team, when he gashed the Bears for 200 yards (if only he had shown that kind of fire while on the Bears), a game where Carson Palmer kept handing the ball to him backhanded with his right hand because his left hand was injured.

    So Benson actually is 88th on the alltime career rushing list, huh? Higher than I wouldve thought, for a guy considered such a draft bust. R.I.P. Cedric

  16. My condolences to Cedric Benson’s family, friends, and fans.

    Cedric had three good running seasons in Cincinnati (1251 yards/1111 yards/1067 yards).

    Benson was REALLY LIMITED as a receiver.
    185 yards is his best receiving season.
    It was such a limiting factor on a team with no tight ends.
    His one dimensional-ness was a gift to all opponent’s defenses.

    Bengals owner mike brown could have upgraded at running back
    to help Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton… but… Benson past criminal transgressions
    made his contract so cheap (cheap Bengals owner mike brown loves cheap players more than capable, well balanced players).

    ANYWAY…. R.I.P. Cedric

  17. RIP Cedric. An absolute legend in Texas high school football. Great player for the Horns as well. Gone too soon

  18. A patriot fan telling others not to be angry or upset. Oh the hypocrisy. Absolutely hilarious

  19. What a shame, way too young 🙁 RIP CB. Thank you for playing a large role in the Bengals renaissance. I was fortunate to have been at 2018 eagles game. We were 0-8 Benson made some big plays. We went on to tie the heavily favored Eagles. Benson was a steal for Cincy.

  20. terrible thing. bikes are alot of fun….but. remember, when you think someone on a motorcycle is riding aggressively, they may actually be trying to stay out of your way.

  21. dg0122 says:
    August 18, 2019 at 3:58 pm
    RIP Cedric. An absolute legend in Texas high school football. Great player for the Horns as well. Gone too soon
    Thanks for that reminder. I had forgotten just how amazing he was coming out of high school. He may not have had a great NFL career, but he still had an overall amazing career. Condolences to his and the woman’s families.

  22. thermanmerman99 says:
    August 18, 2019 at 4:29 pm
    A patriot fan telling others not to be angry or upset. Oh the hypocrisy. Absolutely hilarious

    Have you no sense of decency?

  23. Hopefully this doesn’t come off too insensitive or morbid, but after reading a more detailed story, I sure hope him and his passenger died from blunt force trauma and not from the fire. Dude was an all-time great at Texas, and that’s saying a lot with the RBs they had there. RIP Cedric.

  24. I sold my Harley. Had a few close calls and the last straw was seeing a guy go down near Daytona Beach. He lost his boot, as I got close to his boot in the road I noticed that his foot was still in it. It’s fun but just not worth the risk especially in this age of cell phones. I went back to just being a Jeep guy. Condolences to Benson’s family and the rest of our Burnt Orange Nation. Hook’em.

  25. This is tragic.

    Condolences for his family and loved ones.

    Street riding’s never been for the risk averse.

    But it’s become far more dangerous in the last 20yrs or so. Way too many distractions available for drivers now.

  26. Dang, so sorry to hear this…way too soon. I still remember him being drafted, and was glad to see him succeed in Cincinnati. Condolences to his family.

  27. Really so sad. Praying for his family. Too young to die. RIP and thoughts and prayers with the female that was riding with him. She lost her life too.

  28. Much, much too young for Benson and his friend to pass. This is depressing news. My SIL owns a “crotch rocket” and I live in constant fear my grandkids will become orphans as their Mom has already passed. With all due respect to the millions who ride motorcycles, you’re all at risk from other automobile drivers.

    RP Cedric.

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