Multiple media outlets are reporting that former Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson has died at the age of 36.
Early reports indicate that he died in a motorcycle accident in his collegiate hometown of Austin, Texas.
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Benson was the fourth overall pick, taken by the Chicago Bears in the 2005 college draft following an outstanding career as a running back for the University of Texas.
A two-sport athlete, Benson also was drafted in 2001 by the Los Angeles Dodgers, and he played briefly in their minor league system before entering the Texas Longhorn football program and dedicating himself to football.
Benson’s Bears career started with a lengthy holdout and was not as successful as either the team or Benson would have wished, as he discussed in this Windy City Gridiron exclusive interview by Jack Silversteen.
Following his release in Chicago, Benson signed with the Cincinnati Bengals where he played much more successfully for five years, including three 1,000 plus yard seasons.
He ended his career with a one-year stint for the Green Bay Packers.
This is a breaking story and this article will be updated when further information become available.