Former NFL Star Dies: Cedric Benson Biography, Wiki, Age, Family, Wife, Net Worth, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Fast Facts You Need to Know

Cedric Benson Biography

Cedric Benson Biography

Cedric Myron Benson was an American football running back. He played college football for the University of Texas and was recognized as a consensus All-American. He 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 Age

He was 37 yeas old.

Cedric Benson Net worth

Cedric Benson’s estimated net worth $85 Million.

Cedric Benson Instagram

Cedric Benson Early years, Early Career

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 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 to ever 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 Collegiate career

Benson attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a four-year starter for the Texas Longhorns football team. As a senior in 2004, he received the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back and was recognized as a consensus All-American. He finished his college career with 5,540 rushing yards to rank sixth all time in NCAA Division I-A history, and second only to Ricky Williamsin Longhorns team history.

He has often been compared to Williams, due to their similarities in running style, college choice, legal complications, and superficial appearance (roughly the same size and build coming out of college, and both had dreadlocks early in their careers), and the fact that they had both been minor league baseball players.

While attending the University of Texas, Benson majored in social work and sociology. During his latter years, he earned membership into the Texas’ Athletics Director’s Academic Honor Roll, and the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in fall of 2003. Also, while in college, Benson was arrested twice, once for possession of marijuana and the other for criminal trespass. The marijuana case was dropped after a friend came forward and claimed ownership. He received 8 days in jail for the trespass conviction although he spent no time in jail other than the day of arrest due to overcrowding in Travis County Jail. He was forced to serve a one half game suspension against Baylor.

Cedric Benson Green Bay Packers

On August 12, 2012, Benson signed with the Green Bay Packers. The deal was reportedly a one-year contract worth $825,000.

On October 7, 2012, Benson suffered a Lisfranc injury to his foot and was later placed on injured reserve. It was his final season in the NFL.

Cedric Benson Legal troubles

Cedric Benson 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 has since refuted the charges against him and stated he requested to take a follow-up field sobriety test on land after failing the initial one. Benson has further accused the officers of abusing him, stating, “I’m not handcuffed. I’m not under arrest. I’m not threatening him. I’m not pushing him. I’m not touching him. And he sprays me right in the eye.” He also asserts that officers continuously struck his ankles and feet to prevent him from walking properly. A female passenger on Benson’s boat also claims to have witnessed the abuse and called her father out of fear for Benson’s safety. Her fiancé, also on the boat, may have dozens of pictures confirming Benson’s account.

Upon hearing about the incident, Bears’ head coach Lovie Smith stated, “I haven’t had a chance to speak with Cedric yet, but anytime we’re talking about one of our players getting arrested, you’re disappointed in it,” and added “What we’re going to do from here, I’ll go back and try to get as much information as I possibly can and go from there.”

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 has 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 protected 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

Cedric Benson

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 2012 court problems

On January 23, 2013, it was disclosed that Benson was charged with having animals run without control and ticketed in December 2012 and again in January 2013 by Manitowoc County, authorities. Court appearances will happen in January and February 2013. Benson was also cited for driving 41 miles per hour over the speed limit on January 1, 2013, and court appearance was not necessary, as Benson answered the court with a no-contest plea and paid a monetary fine. Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson is due in court next month to answer charges that his Rottweilers attacked calves owned by his neighbors in Manitowoc County. In an unrelated incident in Manitowoc County, Benson, 30, faces traffic charges of driving 76 mph in a 35 mph zone and driving without a license. Charges filed by the county sheriff’s department claim that Benson’s dogs “Stack” and “Tina” bit 17 calves at a North Lake Drive farm Dec. 20. A member of the farmer’s family alleged that he found the dogs chewing the calves’ legs and that several suffered “very deep wounds and possibly tendon damage.” The extent of the injuries to the livestock was not clear Wednesday, but a police report said a veterinarian who examined the animals Dec 20 “feels some may not make it through their injuries

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 2018 arrest

In Summer 2018, Benson was observed driving under the influence in the State of Texas. According to arrest reports, Benson was asked to count backward from the Number ‘Ten’, and mentioned it was impossible for him to do, due to all the hits he received as a football player in the NFL. The report continues to state that when asked for his driver’s license, Benson apparently gave the officer a business card.

Cedric Benson Personal

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 Death, Cedric Benson cause of Death

On August 17, 2019, Benson was killed in an overnight motorcycle crash with a minivan on RM 2222 in Austin, Texas. Benson and an unidentified woman, also on Benson’s motorcycle, were pronounced dead at the scene and two others riding in the minivan were also injured.

The former University of Texas and NFL running back Cedric Benson has been killed in a motorcycle crash in West Austin, Texas.

The 36-year-old was killed when his bike hit a minivan at around 10 pm Saturday night.
Benson’s passenger, identified a woman in her 30s, also was killed, according to the Austin-Travis County EMS. Both were declared dead on the scene.

EMS said they had responded to initial reports of a ‘vehicle and person on fire’ after the crash. Two other adults involved in the crash suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Just hours before the crash, Benson posted a picture of a BMW motorcycle to his Instagram stories with the caption: ‘My Saturday night’

Fast Facts You Need to Know

  • Cedric Benson has been killed in a motorcycle crash in West Austin, Texas
  • The 36-year-old was killed at the scene along with a female passenger in her 30s when his motorcycle hit a minivan around 10pm
  • Two other adults were reportedly sustained non life threatening injuries
  • Hours before the crash, Benson posted a picture of a BMW motorcycle to Instagram with the caption ‘My Saturday night’