Name: Cedric Benson
Position: Running back
Born: December 28, 1982
Died: August 17, 2019 (aged 36)
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 227 lb (103 kg)
High school: Lee (Midland, Texas)
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Chicago Bears (2005–2007)
Cincinnati Bengals (2008–2011)
Green Bay Packers (2012)
Career highlights and awards
Third-team All-Big 12 (2001)
Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year (2001)
Second-team All-Big 12 (2002)
2× First-team All-Big 12 (2003, 2004)
Doak Walker Award (2004)
Consensus All-American (2004)
AT&T ESPN All-American Player of the Year (2004)
Ed Block Courage Award (2010)
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts: 1,600
Rushing yards: 6,017
Rushing touchdowns: 32
Receiving yards: 833
Receiving touchdowns: 1
Who is Cedric Benson?
Cedric Myron Benson was an American football player. He played college football for the University of Texas, and was recognized as a consensus All-American. He was born (December 28, 1982 – August 17, 2019) and was drafted by the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL) fourth overall in the 2005 NFL Draft, and also played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers.
Cedric Benson Early life
Benson began to emerge as a football stand-out in the eighth grade while attending Abell Junior High School in Midland, Texas, under Coach Chris McKinney. Benson attended Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, Texas, and finished his high school playing career with 8,423 rushing yards (the most in Texas 5A history, largest classification at the time, and the fourth most in Texas high school football history).
He led his team to three consecutive State Championships, and rushed for a total of 15 touchdowns in the three championship games. Benson rushed for more than 1,900 yards in only 9 games. He rushed for over 3,500 yards (51 touchdowns)his junior year in an undefeated State and National Championship season.
He was the first high school player ever to make the cover of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football annual magazine. Benson was also a center fielder on the baseball team. As a senior, in District 4-5A games, he hit .361 with 4 home runs and 14 RBIs.
Cedric Benson Baseball career
Benson was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 12th round (370th overall) of the 2001 MLB Draft. While Benson did not play in the major leagues, he spent his time with the Dodgers playing in their summer league at Vero Beach. He also played with the Gulf Coast League Dodgers. In 25 at-bats he had 5 hits, 1 run, 3 doubles, 2 triples, and 2 RBIs
Cedric Benson Professional football career at Chicago Bears
Cedric Benson practicing at the Chicago Bears 2007 Training Camp.
The Chicago Bears selected Benson as the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, making him the highest drafted Bears player since Dan Hampton in 1979.
The Bears’ organization and Benson could not come to terms on a contract, causing him to miss the entire Bears’ training camp. After a 36-day hold-out, Benson signed a five-year contract worth $35 million.
The Bears wished to make Benson their feature running back, but his lengthy contract impasse had caused him to miss a significant portion of practice.
Benson claimed that he received a cold reception upon his return because he claimed he would be starting by the third game despite holding out and not practicing. Jay Glazer reported that certain players even attempted to intentionally injure him during drills, though former Bears guard Ruben Brown has denied such claims.
Cedric Benson Personal life
Benson’s cousin, Aaron, played linebacker for the University of Texas from 2010–2013, but gave up the sport in his redshirt senior year.
Benson had celiac disease and attributed his adoption of a gluten-free diet to giving him more energy. After his NFL career, Benson became a loan originator.
Cedric Benson Legal troubles and 2008 arrests
Before the start of the 2008 season, Benson was arrested for allegedly operating a boat while intoxicated and resisting arrest. On May 3, 2008, the incident occurred near Austin, Texas, by the Lower Colorado River Authority during a late night safety inspection.The official police report cited that Benson had failed a field sobriety test, and became hostile towards the police.
The officers arrested Benson, and proceeded to use pepper-spray after he forcefully resisted arrest. Benson was later detained for the night, and charged with boating while intoxicated and resisting arrest.
Benson was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Austin, Texas, on June 7, 2008. While returning from a restaurant with his girlfriend, police claim that Benson drove through a red light, and failed a field sobriety test.
Police claim he later refused to take a breath or blood test to determine his blood alcohol level. Police proceeded to detain Benson, and later released him on bond. Benson denied the police officers’ allegations and insisted that he “aced” the field test. Bears general manager Jerry Angelo commented, “It’s unfortunate.
Disappointment is too much an often used word when we’re talking about Cedric. The No. 1 lesson for every player is protect your job. We’re all held accountable for our actions. I’m not going to say any more than that until we know for sure what the facts are.”
On the following Monday, Benson was waived from the Bears. Angelo commented on the release, stating ”Cedric displayed a pattern of behavior we will not tolerate… As I said this past weekend, you have to protect your job. Everyone in this organization is held accountable for their actions.”
Benson was later ordered by a county judge to put a built-in ignition interlock breathalyzer in his car. He was also told to start drug counseling classes. Benson was cleared of all charges in September, after appearing before two grand juries in Travis County.
Cedric Benson 2010 arrest
On June 29, 2010, Benson was arrested for assault with injury after reportedly punching a bartender in the face. Benson himself denied committing the crime. Almost a month after the ordeal, the NFL announced that Benson would not be suspended.
Cedric Benson 2011 arrest
On July 17, 2011, Benson was arrested in Austin, Texas, for a misdemeanor charge of assault causing bodily injury to a family member. He was sentenced to 20 days in jail and ordered to pay a $4,000 fine. Benson was released from jail on September 3, after only five days of his sentence. He received a one-game suspension, enacted in week 8.
Cedric Benson 2017 arrest
On February 18, 2017, Benson was charged with driving while intoxicated in downtown Austin, Texas. According to court documents, Benson refused to take a field sobriety test and could not recite the alphabet from G to Z nor count past the number 3. Benson was released on the same day after posting bond.
Cedric Benson Death
On August 17, 2019, Benson and a female passenger were killed when his motorcycle crashed with a minivan on RM 2222 in Austin, Texas. Benson and the woman were pronounced dead at the scene, and two passengers in the minivan were injured.
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