NFL running back killed in motorcycle accident

Nadia Perez, Reporter

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Cedric Benson who played the running back for the Chicago Bears was pronounced dead at the age of 36 on August 17th, 2019. The cause of death was a motorcycle accident. According to the NBC News, a white 2014 Dodge van crashed into the bike and killed both Cedric and a woman, 27, named Aamna Najam that was on the bike with Benson. The van collided into the bike while attempting to make a left turn according to DailyNews. Witnesses of the crime scene have said that Benson was driving at a high speed rate. The passenger in the van and another person tried to help Benson and Najam. The driver of the van was not identified and declined to be transported to the medical facility according to NBCNews. His last instagram post was a picture of his motorcycle. He played college ball for the Texas Longhorns.

 Benson was one of the top high school recruits in town called Midland in the west of Texas. He was number 4 in the draft pick in 2005 for the Chicago Bears. He played for them for 3 years and then went to the Cincinnati Bengals. He played 4 seasons for the Bengals and each season he rushed 1000 yard from 2009-2011. For the last of his eighth season in the NFL he played 5 games for the Green Bay Packers in 2012. The Bengals described Benson as a “fine football player.” They also said that he played a principal role for years even in a couple of playoff runs. The president of the Bengals, Mike Brown, said that he was from Texas and showed his “Texas Toughness” which lead them to the Division Championship while it was just his second season playing with him.

Jim Anderson, running back coach for the Bengals, said that Cedric was like a flower and was blooming. He described that Benson was a missing element to the team. According to all who worked with Benson, he was described as talented, fierce, kind, sensitive, and loyal. He set up a foundation called NUFCED that helped underprivileged children and families. He repaired the home of the first victim killed by the series of bombing in Austin,Texas in 2008.  In the end, life was too short for Cedric Benson, former RB for the Chicago Bears and Cincinnati Bengals, and he made his life worth it with all his accomplishments and all the feedback given by people who worked with him, as he was a good man.