The Texas Longhorns lost one of their all-time greats today. Cedric Benson, who played at running back for them from 2001 to 2004, and then had an eight-year NFL career, lost his life in an accident on Saturday night. He was 36.
In the aftermath of the heartbreaking news that Benson lost his life, Texas released a heartfelt video, thanking him for his years of service to the school.
Thank you for the memories, Cedric. A true Longhorn Legend.
The message came with a video, highlighting some of Benson's greatest players and moments for the Longhorns. Among those moments were him passing Texas legend Earl Campbell on the all-time Texas rushing list, and his part in the Longhorns' legendary 28-point comeback over Oklahoma in 2004.
Benson was a four-year starter for the Longhorns, earning four-straight All Big-12 selections in the process. He left after the 2004 season with 5,540 rushing yards and 64 touchdowns - only Ricky Williams had more.
In addition to the Texas Football Twitter account, plenty of other Texas legends have come out to express their sympathies.
Benson's former quarterback Vince Young and coach Mack Brown both had kind words for him:
Texas head coach Tom Herman also released a statement, calling Benson "a true Longhorn legend" and "one of the best running backs in college football history."
Rest in peace, Cedric.