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Former College Football Star RB Killed In Accident At 36

Former Texas Longhorns RB Cedric Benson.

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Runningback Cedric Benson #32 of the Texas Longhorns runs with the ball against the Michigan Wolverines in the 91st Rose Bowl Game at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2005 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Former star Texas Longhorns and veteran NFL running back Cedric Benson has reportedly passed away at the age of 36.

Benson, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft out of Texas, has reportedly passed away in a motorcycle accident.

News of the Longhorn star's death was confirmed by his brother, who posted the tragic announcement on Facebook.

Benson's college coach, Mack Brown, confirmed the tragic news. provided some of the tragic details:

University of Texas football great and former NFL player Cedric Benson died Saturday night in a motorcycle crash in West Austin, family members and friends said early Sunday.

Austin emergency officials told the American-Statesman that they are investigating the crash in the 5600 block Mount Bonnell Road after 10 p.m. Saturday and had information that Benson and a passenger were killed. Two other adults who were injured in the crash suffered non-fatal injuries. Official confirmation by the Travis County medical examiner could come later in the day Sunday.

Benson was one of the greatest running backs to ever play at Texas. The Midland, Texas native was the Big 12's Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2001. He was a first-team All-Big 12 player in 2003 and '04.

The running back won the Doak Walker Award, given to the country's top running back, in 2004.

Benson went on and became the No. 4 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. He played in Chicago from 2005-07. Benson then played in Cincinnati from 2008-11 and in Green Bay in 2012.

The former Texas star ended his career with 6,017 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns.

Our thoughts are with Benson's friends and family. May he rest in peace.