He played eight years in the league after being selected fourth overall by the Chicago Bears in the 2005 draft.
Benson was a star running back at Texas, earning tons of accolades between 2001 and 2004.
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Benson finished his time at the University of Texas as the sixth-leading rusher in NCAA history with 5,540 rushing yards and the second-leading rusher in Texas history.
His brother Dominic posted an emotional and grief-stricken status on Facebook, saying "my brother gone." in the comments of his post.
Cedric Benson has died at 36. He won the Doak Walker award given to the nation's top running back in 2004 when he rushed for 1,834 yards and 19 touchdowns. A few days ago, Austin prosecutors dismissed a 2017 DUI charge that called for him be found guilty of a lesser charge.
According to KXAN in Austin, Benson and another woman were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which took place around 10:20 PM. A foot injury in 2012 put Benson on injured reserve, and he did not play professional football since then.
Unfortunately, personal issues and legal troubles caused the Bears to release him after just three seasons. "But what I'll remember most is what a special, special person he was".