“Our condolences to the family and friends of former Bears operating again Cedric Benson, our 4th general Draft pick out in 2005 and member of the 2006 NFC Champions workforce,” the Chicago Bears tweeted Sunday.
Benson rushed for over 1,000 yards in each and every of his 4 seasons at Texas and is the Ninth-leading rusher in school soccer historical past, with five,540 yards.
His 64 profession speeding touchdowns are 2nd in class historical past.
He received the Doak Walker Award, which is given to the country’s best operating again, after he rushed for 1,834 yards and 19 touchdowns. Benson additionally earned All-American honors in 2004.
His school trainer, Mack Brown, known as Benson “one in every of our favorites.”
“He used to be a real spirit — some of the hardest gamers we ever coached, if now not the hardest,” Brown instructed newshounds Sunday. “I, in conjunction with numerous Longhorns, are simply overwhelmed.”
Benson additionally performed 8 years within the NFL.
He rushed for greater than 1,000 yards thrice whilst taking part in for 3 groups, completing with 6,017 profession speeding yards and 32 touchdowns.
“Cedric used to be a wonderful soccer participant for us,” Cincinnati Bengals President Mike Brown mentioned. “Our group is deeply saddened through his surprising and tragic passing. The Bengals prolong our private condolences to Cedric’s circle of relatives.”
Former Bengals operating backs trainer Jim Anderson mentioned he is mourning Benson’s demise.
“As soon as he purchased into our device, he used to be like a flower. He simply blossomed,” Anderson mentioned. “He gave us a component we did not have. We had complementary guys, however Cedric gave us a lacking component. He used to be a excellent guy. He used to be one in every of my guys and it hurts. Existence is just too quick.”