Ex-NFL star Cedric Benson dead at 36 after motorbike crash

Former NFL star Cedric Benson has died in a motorcycle crash along with a woman in her thirties.

Police in Austin, Texas, said a minivan was crossing an intersection when it ran into the bike, killing Benson and the woman at the scene.

The 36-year-old running back played for the Chicago Bears, the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Green Bay Packers during his illustrious career.

Authorities say the crash took place at 10pm yesterday and that two other people sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Benson made a name for himself in his college football days at the University of Texas before joining the NFL with a $35m deal with the Bears.

His 64 touchdowns are the second highest in the university’s history, reports CNN.

The University of Texas football team tweeted: ‘Very sad day with the passing of Longhorn Legend Cedric Benson.

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and our community of lettermen. He will be missed.’

College coach Mack Brown said: ‘He was a true spirit – one of the toughest players we ever coached, if not the toughest. I, along with a lot of Longhorns, are just crushed.’

Benson was kicked out of the Bears in 2008 due to two drink driving related incidents before going on to play for the Bengals between 2008 and 2011, where his career peaked.

Benson signed as a free agent with Green Bay before the 2012 season but his career ended that year in October due to a broken foot.

He rushed for 6,017 yards and scored 32 touchdowns during his NFL career.

Former Bengals running backs coach Jim Anderson said: ‘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.’

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