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Former Bears Running Back Cedric Benson Killed In Motorcycle Accident

August 18, 2019 - 11:27 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Former Bears running back Cedric Benson died in a motorcycle accident Saturday night, according to multiple reports. He was 36.

Another passenger was killed in the accident, according to the report. Two other adults suffered non-fatal injuries. The accident occurred in Austin, Texas around 10 p.m. central time Saturday.

The Doak Walker Award winner at Texas, Benson was selected fourth overall by the Bears in the 2005 NFL Draft. He played eight NFL seasons — three with the Bears, four with the Bengals and one with the Packers. He last played in the 2012 season with Green Bay. Benson rushed for 6,017 yards and 32 touchdowns in his career. His best season came in 2009, when he rushed for 1,251 yards for Cincinnati.

Benson's death came three days after he was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge in Travis County, Texas, after prosecutors dismissed a drunk driving charge. He had multiple DUI charges, including one in June 2008 that led to his release from the Bears.

On Twitter, football fans shared their shock and thoughts to Benson's family.