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Texas Longhorns to Honor Cedric Benson After Tragic Death With Helmet Decals

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 29:  Running back Cedric Benson #32 of the University of Texas at Austin Longhorns scores a touchdown during a game against the Texas A&M University Aggies at Memorial Stadium on November 29, 2002 in Austin, Texas.  The Longhorns defeated the Aggies 50-20.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Texas Longhorns football team will wear special decals on their helmets to honor one of the program's fallen superstars. Former running back Cedric Benson, who recently died in a motorcycle accident at the age of 36, will be remembered this season with No. 32 stickers on every Longhorn helmet.

Benson spent four years with UT from 2001 to 2004 before being drafted fourth overall in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Bears.

Benson went for 5,540 yards and rushed for 64 total touchdowns during his collegiate career winning the Doak Walker Award and consensus All-America honors as a senior. He would play for Chicago and Bengals before logging the final season of his seven-year NFL career with the Packers in 2012.

Benson posted on his Instagram story prior to riding his motorcycle and crashing into a minivan in Austin, Texas on Aug. 17. He and a female passenger were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The Longhorns finished second in the Big 12 last season with a 10-4 record. When they open their 2019 NCAA football season against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, expect deep and heartfelt tributes to their beloved All-American.