The football world had to say goodbye to a Texas legend when former Longhorns running back Cedric Benson, who had a productive eight-year NFL career after being drafted with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2006 draft, passed away at the age of 36 following a fatal motorcycle accident.
His final Instagram story, posted the afternoon before his death, showed him fawning over his prized motorcycle, and looks unfathomably haunting and ominous following his passing.
Only Ricky Williams had more rushing yards and touchdowns in his Longhorns career than Benson, who put up numbers greater than those of Hall of Famer Earl Campbell and Jamaal Charles. Benson piled up four straight 1,000 yard seasons under Mack Brown, totaling 5,540 rushing yards and 64 touchdowns.
After floundering for three years with Lovie Smith's Chicago Bears, Benson was reborn in the NFL under Marvin Lewis. As a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, Benson had three-consecutive 1,000 yard seasons. Benson ended his career with a total of 6,017 yards and 32 touchdowns on the ground.
A life taken far too soon, both professional and college football mourn the loss of a powerful, tough runner who was one of the most productive backs in Texas and Bengals history.