AUSTIN, — Former and Texas running back Cedric Benson, one of the most prolific rushers in NCAA and University of history, has died in a motorcycle crash in . He was 36.

Benson’s attorney, Sam Bassett, says Austin law enforcement told him that Benson was killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday night.

One of the top high school recruits in the country out of Midland, , Benson was a key player in the Longhorns’ resurgence under former coach Mack Brown. Benson played at from 2001 to ’04. He won the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s top running back, in 2004.

His 5,540 rushing yards for the Longhorns still ranks second in school history, behind only ’ total.

Brown and posted on social media after learning of Benson’s death.

Benson was drafted No. 4 overall by the Chicago Bears in 2005. He also played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers.

He reached Super Bowl XLI with Chicago but had his best individual success in Cincinnati, topping 1,000 rushing yards three times. He had 6,850 career yards from scrimmage and 33 touchdowns.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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