“Our condolences to the family and friends of former Bears working again Cedric Benson, our 4th general Draft decide in 2005 and member of the 2006 NFC Champions workforce,” the Chicago Bears tweeted Sunday.
Benson rushed for over 1,000 yards in every of his 4 seasons at Texas and is the Ninth-leading rusher in faculty soccer historical past, with 5,540 yards.
His 64 profession dashing touchdowns are second at school historical past.
He gained the Doak Walker Award, which is given to the nation’s prime working again, after he rushed for 1,834 yards and 19 touchdowns. Benson additionally earned All-American honors in 2004.
His faculty coach, Mack Brown, known as Benson “one in every of our favorites.”
“He was a real spirit — one of many hardest gamers we ever coached, if not the hardest,” Brown instructed reporters Sunday. “I, together with loads of Longhorns, are simply crushed.”
Benson additionally performed eight years within the NFL.
He rushed for greater than 1,000 yards 3 times whereas taking part in for 3 groups, ending with 6,017 profession dashing yards and 32 touchdowns.
“Cedric was a high-quality soccer participant for us,” Cincinnati Bengals President Mike Brown mentioned. “Our group is deeply saddened by his sudden and tragic passing. The Bengals prolong our deepest condolences to Cedric’s household.”
Former Bengals working backs coach Jim Anderson mentioned he is mourning Benson’s demise.
“As soon as he purchased into our system, he was 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 was man. He was one in every of my guys and it hurts. Life is simply too quick.”