AUSTIN (KXAN) — Former UT running back Cedric Benson was killed in a motorcycle crash in west Austin Saturday night.
Austin police responded to the crash at the 5600 block of Mt. Bonnell Rd. around 10:20 p.m.
Police say a mini-van was trying to cross the intersection when it ran into a motorcycle. Benson and a woman were pronounced dead at the scene.
I know Eddie blogged this earlier, but I wanted to add my thoughts.
I was a freshman at Texas during Cedric Benson’s last season (when he rushed for over 1,800 yards) and let me tell you, he was BELOVED. When he walked through campus, people waved and cheered, starstruck. He was always smiling, always super chill, and extremely friendly. Everybody loved him.
The only real personal encounter I had with him was at a frat party. We were standing in line for the bathroom, making minor small talk, and when it was time for him to go in, he let me go in front of him. That was it. It wasn’t anything wild or crazy, but of course I remembered that moment – it was CEDRIC BENSON! You don’t forget a moment like that.
Now, at the young age of 36, he’s gone.
Strange how quickly shit happens. I mean just hours before the accident happened he posted a picture of his motorcycle.
And that was it.
You truly never know when it’s going to be your time.
RIP to #32, one of the greatest to ever do it.