Former teammates, NFL players react to death of Cedric Benson
HOUSTON – Former teammates and NFL players are mourning and remembering the life of former NFL running back Cedric Benson.
Benson was killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday night in Austin, officials said. He was 36.
Here is how the sports community is reacting:
Mack Brown, former University of Texas head coach, released the following statement:
“Sally and I are just grief-stricken with Cedric’s passing. He was as good as you’ll ever see as a football player and as tough as they come. But what I’ll remember most is what a special, special person he was. We always enjoyed talking with him because he was such a bright and unique guy. There will never be another one like him, and he will be dearly missed by so many. It’s just heartbreaking, but we feel very fortunate to have had him in our lives.”
Saddened by the reports on the passing of Cedric Benson. We’ve coached a lot of tough players but none were tougher than Cedric. He was a true spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family on this sad day. pic.twitter.com/6afR0AFiJW— Mack Brown (@CoachMackBrown) August 18, 2019
Make sure you live life because you never know when God will call you home!! Tell someone you love them...#resteasy coach Drake bro Cedric Benson cousin PJ Peter SIMON!😥🤘🏿💯 to close to home pic.twitter.com/VHd9IzkLCa— Vince Young (@VinceYoung10) August 18, 2019
Current University of Texas head coach Tom Herman released the following statement:
“It’s an unbelievably sad day with the news of the passing of Cedric Benson. We lost a true Longhorn Legend, one of the best running backs in college football history and a really special man. He was far too young, and my heart aches for his family, friends and the entire Longhorn community. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all.”
Rest In Peace to Cedric Benson, A Texas Legend gone too soon pic.twitter.com/RthHjygryQ— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) August 18, 2019
Former teammate Derrick Johnson released the following statement:
“Being two of the biggest names in our recruiting class in 2001, Cedric and I roomed together our freshman year. We became really great friends. For that freshman class, he was head of the offense and I was head of the defense. That was our mindset always. We really had a special bond that started as soon as we roomed together and carried on long after college. His favorite thing to call me was cuddy. I loved it because it reminded me of my hometown. On the field, Cedric was a workhorse and one of the toughest players I’ve ever been around. He will always be remembered as a Texas legend and best of all a really good friend that I can tell my kids about. It’s a very sad day, but I’m so lucky to have had such a wonderful relationship and so many great memories.”
It's been a rough day for everyone who knew & loved Cedric Benson. Still can't believe it. He was a great man & an incredible running back. He made me a better football player & for that I am forever grateful. Truly heartbroken over his death. Rest in peace Ced. We love you. 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/Txeo7pFakP— Thomas Q. Jones (@thomasqjones) August 19, 2019
To my man Cedric B. I remember hearing all of these football stories about you when the bears drafted you 4th overall. You and I always got along..even with pads on, if I hit you or you hit me a little harder than… https://t.co/bCTxktKQfQ— Lance Briggs (@LanceBriggs) August 18, 2019
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The first time I saw Cedric Benson, he was a sophomore at Midland Lee and we would compete against each other in the 3rd round of the Texas High school playoffs at Angelou State University. Little did I know that I was witnessing birth of one of the best running backs in Texas high school football. I’m honored to have had the privilege of being your teammate. Please keep the Benson family in your prayers. #TexasLegend #RIPCedricBeson #ToughWeek
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This is heartbreaking. It’s never easy receiving the worst news of the death of a teammate, a person whom I shared a small yet meaningful portion of my football life, the football field and the locker room with where this has me at a loss for words. Wow. We just NEVER know when it’s our time. 🙏🏾My prayers and condolences go out to families of @nufced and his friend that was also killed in the accident. May you both Rest In Peace. #WhoDey #Cinci #RIP
My condolences 2 the Benson family. Never easy when someone a part of the brotherhood pases. Especially when young. I was only w/ Ced 4 one in Gb but the few convos I had with him , I could tell he was a different type of guy which I appreciated. Take nothin 4 granted. Gratitude— Ryan Grant (@RyanGrant25) August 18, 2019
Very sad day. Just got word that my boy CB passed away. Our prayers are with his family. You will be missed. #RIPCedricBenson— Donald Driver (@Donald_Driver80) August 18, 2019
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