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Cedric Benson's Attorney Releases Statement On Tragic Death

A Texas Longhorns football helmet sitting on the field.

BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 04: A helmet of the Texas Longhorns lies on the field as the team warms up prior to facing the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on October 4, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado. Texas defeated Colorado 38-14. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

In the wake of the sudden, tragic death of former NFL running back Cedric Benson, many have come forward to express their condolences.

Sam Bassett, Benson's attorney, issued a heartfelt statement mourning the loss of his client and friend. Bassett, who is also a Longhorns fan, said he considered Benson to be "like a younger brother or nephew" to him.

"Cedric was not just a client, he was my friend. He was immensely talented and fierce on the football field yet most have no idea the difficulties he overcame to achieve what he did. Though imperfect in some respects, once Cedric was your friend you understood how kind, sensitive and loyal he was as a man. He was like a younger brother nephew to me. I will miss him very much."

Benson reportedly lost his life in a motorcycle accident last night. The unnamed passenger on his motorcycle was also killed in the incident.

As 0f writing, the exact details of the accident in question have not been made public.

Benson was a four-year starting running back for Texas, finishing behind only Ricky Williams on the school's all-time rushing leaderboards. He was an All Big-12 selection in each of his four years, and was named a consensus All-American in 20014. Benson also won the prestigious Doak Walker award.

Sadly, off-the-field troubles plagued Benson throughout his college and professional career.

Nevertheless, he managed to parlay his talent into eight seasons in the NFL, and even helped the Chicago Bears win the 2006 NFC Championship Game.