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Former NFL running back Cedric Benson dead in motorcycle accident at 36


Cedric Benson reportedly died Saturday in a motorcycle crash. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Ex-NFL running back Cedric Benson was killed Saturday in a motorcycle accident in Austin, according to a report.

He was 36.

Benson, who played for three teams in eight NFL seasons, was one of two people killed in the crash, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Emergency authorities told the newspaper that they had received information that the ex-athlete and a passenger had both died.

The Austin-Travis County EMS, meanwhile, tweeted late Saturday local time that a man and woman had died in an “Auto v Motorcycle” accident and that two others suffered non-life-threatening injuries but did not release names.

Benson was a massive star in college playing for the Texas Longhorns, rushing for more than 1,000 yards and scoring at least 12 touchdowns in each of his four seasons there from 2001 to 2004.

Following a senior year in which he tallied 1,834 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns, Benson was the fourth overall pick by the Chicago Bears in 2005 and spent three seasons there.

His greatest success in the NFL came with the Cincinnati Bengals, with whom he ran for over 1,000 yards every year from 2009 to 2011. He appeared in five games with the Green Bay Packers in 2012, his final season.

His former coach at Texas, Mack Brown, wrote in an Instagram comment, “We lost a great one way too soon #RIP,” according to the Statesman.