Former NFL RB Cedric Benson Killed in Motorcycle Crash

Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson is hit during a run by New Orleans Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton during an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Former NFL running back Cedric Benson was killed in a motorcycle accident  in Austin, Texas on Saturday, according to reports.

The 36-year-old, who ended his career with the Green Bay Packers in 2012 due to a foot injury, died when his motorcycle hit a minivan. His passenger was also killed, and two other adults were reportedly injured.

Benson, who played college football for the Texas Longhorns, was taken by the Chicago Bears in a fourth overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft and spent three years with the team, before going to spending a four-year run with the Cincinnati Bengals. During his time with the Bengals, Benson rushed for over 1,000 yards in three seasons.

He played just five games with the Packers, but finished with 6,017 yards and 32 total touchdowns on the ground.

Police believe that “speed and poor visibility were the biggest factors in the crash.”

 

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