Former Texas Longhorns football star, NFL running back Cedric Benson killed in motorcycle crash


CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 11: Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals warms up prior to the season opener against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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AUSTIN, Texas — NFL running back and former Texas Longhorn Cedric Benson was one of two people killed in an Austin motorcycle crash Saturday night, his family says, KVUE reports.

Benson was 36 years old.

One of the vehicles was on fire when first responders arrived, and they say the fire was quickly put out.

Benson and a woman in her 30s were pronounced dead on the scene and EMS said two other people had injuries that weren’t life-threatening.

A minivan hit Benson who was on a motorcycle with a woman and poor visibility and speed were the biggest factors in the crash, police say.

“If you’re not really careful, or you’re going slightly over the speed limit, it is very difficult to stop,” said Sergeant Eric Wilson.

Benson was a consensus All-American and a four-year starter for the Texas Longhorns.

He signed a five-year, $35 million contract after being drafted fourth overall by the Chicago Bears in the 2005 NFL Draft.

He stayed with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2008 to 2012 until he signed with the Green Bay Packers.

Tributes flowed from fans and the community following Benson’s death.

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