AUSTIN, Texas -- Former NFL and Texas running back Cedric Benson, one of the most prolific rushers in NCAA and University of Texas history, has died in a motorcycle accident in Texas. He was 36.
Benson's attorney, Sam Bassett, told NFL.com that Benson was killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday night.
Bassett issued the following statement on Benson's passing:
From the Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals today join football fans across the country in mourning the loss of Cedric Benson.
Said Bengals president Mike Brown: “Cedric was a fine football player for us. He played a principal role for several years here, including a couple of playoff runs. He was from Texas, and he showed his Texas toughness in leading us to a Division Championship in just his second season with us. His three consecutive 1000-yard seasons displayed the talent he possessed. Our organization is deeply saddened by his sudden and tragic passing. The Bengals extend our deepest condolences to Cedric’s family.”
Added former Bengals running backs coach Jim Anderson: “Once he bought into our system, he was like a flower. He just blossomed. He gave us an element we didn’t have. We had complementary guys, but Cedric gave us a missing element. He was a good man. He was one of my guys and it hurts. Life is too short.”
Benson career stats HERE
Benson played with the Bengals from 2008-2011: 56 games, 4,176 rushing yards, 3.8 yards per game, 21 rushing TD's.
He rushed for a career-high 1,251 yards (4.2) in 2009.