Cedric Benson

Inside Biography

Cedric Benson was an American professional football player who played in the NFL as the running back for the Chicago Bears, the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Green Bay Packers. Benson pa s sed away on August 17, 2019, at the age of 36.  

When was Cedric Benson Born? Height, Early Life, Childhood, and Education 

Cedric Benson was born Cedric Myron Benson on December 28, 1982. He was officially billed as standing at 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 meters) and weighing 227 lb (103 kg).    

Benson was born and raised in Midland, Texas, where he attended Abell Junior High School and later, Robert E. Lee High School. The Texan-native went on to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where he majored in social work and sociology.    

Throughout his academic career, Benson played football. He led his high school football team to three consecutive State Championships. Besides that, Benson was also played baseball as a center fielder and had a short-lived professional career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Gulf Coast League Dodgers.      

At the University of Texas, Benson was a four-year starter for the Texas Longhorns. His precocious run landed him the Doak Walker Award during his senior year and was earned a consensus All-American honors in 2004. 

Professional Career  

Following a stellar collegiate career, Cedric Benson was drafted fourth overall by the Chicago Bears in the 2005 NFL Draft. After an initial contract dispute, Benson signed a five-year contract with the Bears for $35 million. He spent two seasons with the Chicago Bears before being dropped on June 9, 2008.

Cedric Benson playing for the Cincinnati Bengals SOURCE: NBC News

Benson signed a one-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals on September 30, 2008, for $520,000. He signed a two-year extension with the Bengals on March 3, 2009, for $7 million.       

After three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, Benson was let go and signed a one-year contract with the Green Bay Packers on August 12, 2012, for a reported $825,000. 

His doomed signing with the Packers ended when he was sidelined with a Lisfranc injury two months later on October 7, 2012. He ended his career with the Packers soon thereafter.

 After retiring, he became a loan originator.              

How did Cedric Benson Die?

 Cedric Benson died on February 18, 2017, at the age of 36 when his BMW motorcycle collided with a 2014 Dodge minivan in Austin, Texas.

Cedric Benson and his pa s senger Aamna Najam died in a motorcycle accident on February 18, 2017 SOURCE: Houston Chronicle

Benson died on the spot along with a female patron riding with Benson who was later identified as a 27-year-old University of Austin doctoral student, Aamna Najam. He was interred at the Texas State Cemetery.   

by shrijan, 03 Sep, 2020

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