Former NFL Player Dies in Motorcycle Accident in Austin, Texas
AUSTIN, TX – As reported in an online news article published by cbs4local.com, Cedric Benson, a former Texas Longhorns and NFL player, sustained fatal injuries in a Saturday night motorcycle accident.*
Cedric Benson, the number 4 overall NFL draft pick in 2005, and former Texas Longhorns player, was killed in an Austin motorcycle accident. The accident happened on a Saturday night when the 36-year-old former NFL player’s motorcycle collided with a minivan.
Local law enforcement agencies report that “a motorcycle hit a white minivan pulling out onto the roadway,” and the Austin-Travis County EMS reported that a “vehicle and person was on fire.” Once paramedics arrived, a man and woman, both in their thirties, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Benson had appeared in court 2 days before the motorcycle accident where he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drunk-driving charges for an incident that happened in 2017. Additionally, Benson faced a boating while intoxicated charge in May 2008 and a driving while intoxicated charge in June 2008. In each case, grand juries declined to charge Benson.
Law enforcement officials have not revealed whether they believe alcohol played a role in the Saturday night motorcycle accident.
Benson started his NFL career with the Chicago Bears in 2005 after being selected as the number 4 overall draft pick. He went on to play for the Cincinnati Bengals where he had most of his success and ended his NFL career in 2012 with the Green Bay Packers.
Benson was a very successful college football player for the Texas Longhorns, where he won multiple awards, including, among others, Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2001, a consensus all-American in 2004, and the 2004 Doak Walker Award, which is “presented to college football’s best running back.”
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