Aaron Rodgers only spent one season as teammates with Cedric Benson before his career ended in 2012, but the Green Bay Packers star quarterback lamented the death of his “friend” all the same Sunday as news of Benson’s death spread across the NFL.
Benson, who was 36, was reportedly killed in a motorcycle accident in Austin, Texas, according to the initial report from NFL reporter Dov Kleiman.
“Cedric Benson’s brother posted to confirm the news about his brother. It was reportedly a motorcycle accident in Austin, Texas.”
On Sunday night, Rodgers wrote a heartfelt Instagram post about Benson, who was in the same 2005 NFL Draft class. As the quarterback explains, Benson and Rodgers became “fast friends” during the running back’s short time spent in Green Bay.
Cedric Benson’s NFL Career
Benson went No. 4 overall as a rusher out of Texas to the Chicago Bears, where he played three seasons. The Packers selected the University of California star in Rodgers later in the first round at No. 24 overall.
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The running back played in 35 games with the Bears and tallied 1,593 rushing yards with 10 touchdowns. From there, he joined the Cincinnati Bengals, where he stayed for four years. Over the 56 games played as a member of the Bengals, Benson posted 4,176 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns.
Cedric Benson’s Tenure With Packers
During the time in which Benson and Rodgers shared with the Packers in 2012, the running back had a rocky season after signing a one-year, $825,000 deal. He rushed 71 times for 248 rushing yards and a single touchdown before a Lisfranc injury in his foot landed him on the injury reserve and effectively ended his career in the pros.
It’s obvious that Benson’s impact off the field was felt, as Rodgers’ words about the former running back are incredibly heartful. But over the span of his entire career, Benson played in 96 games while rushing for 6,017 yards and 46 touchdowns.