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Former players, media mourn the death of Longhorn legend Cedric Benson

SB Nation logo SB Nation 8/18/2019 Cody Daniel
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On Saturday night, Longhorn legend Cedric Benson tragically lost his life in a motorcycle accident in West Austin.

He was 36 years old.

Benson was not only regarded as one of the greatest to ever wear the burnt orange, but widely loved and respected for the person he was off of the field. Since the news of Benson’s death, the burnt orange nation and college football community has taken to twitter to mourn the loss of a true Longhorn legend.

Former Texas and NFL quarterback Vince Young:

Former Texas and current North Carolina coach Mack Brown:

Former Texas and NFL tight end Bo Scaife:

Former Texas and current Bengals linebacker Malik Jefferson:

Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Chad Johnson:

Current Texas guard Andrew Jones:

Longhorn Republic Podcast:

Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls:

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football:

Benson, who played at Texas from 2001-2004, was a four-year starter for the Longhorns. He rushed for more than 5,000 yards while in Austin — accounting for 67 total touchdowns. As a senior in 2004, he received the Doak Walker award as the nation’s best running back.

A Midland native, Benson attended Midland Lee High where he led his team to three consecutive state championships. He was the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2001, a two-time first-team Big 12 selection, and a consensus All-American in 2004 before going on to become the No. 4 pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.

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