Cedric Myron Benson
1982 - 2019
BORN
1982
DIED
2019
FUNERAL HOME
Cook-Walden Funeral Home
6100 North Lamar
Austin, TX
BENSON, Cedric Myron Cedric Myron Benson, 36, passed away Saturday, August 17, 2019. Cedric was born in Midland, Texas to late Cedric Turnipseed and Jackqueline Benson on December 28, 1982. Cedric attended Midland ISD up to graduating from Midland Lee High school. He moved to Austin in the fall of 2001 and played with the Longhorns until 2004. Cedric was a key player in the Longhorns' resurgence under coach Mack Brown. "He was as good as you'll ever see as a football player and as tough as they come," said Brown. Benson was one of the top high school recruits out of the West Texas town of Midland. According to Texas Football magazine, he is eighth on the career rushing list for Texas high schools. He led Midland Lee to three straight state championships, the only three in school history, from 1998-2000. Benson played at Texas from 2001-2004 and his 5,540 yards ranks second at the university and 10th in NCAA history. He scored 64 career touchdowns (No. 9 on the NCAA all-time career list) with the Longhorns and won the Doak Walker award, given to the nation's top running back, in 2004. He was the only player in school history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in four seasons and was inducted into the university's Hall of Honor in 2014. Only nine players in NCAA history have rushed for 1,000 yards in four straight seasons and he helped the Longhorns post a 43-8 record, including a 3-1 mark in bowl games and three 11-win campaigns, in his four seasons on the Forty Acres. Texas finished the year ranked in the top six three times, twice-finishing fifth in the final AP Poll in 2001 and 2004. Benson was drafted No. 4 overall by the Bears in 2005 and helped Chicago reach the playoffs the following season. He had his finest years with Cincinnati from 2008-11, taking over as the featured back on a team that made the playoffs twice but lost in the first round each time. Benson ran for a career-high 1,251 yards while leading a playoff push in 2009, the first of three straight 1,000-yard seasons. He also led the Bengals to the playoffs in 2011, when Andy Dalton and A.J. Green arrived as rookies. Benson played one season with Green Bay, where he started the first five games in 2012 before suffering a season-ending Lisfranc fracture in Indianapolis on Oct. 17. He rushed for 248 yards and a touchdown on 71 carries and caught 14 passes for 97 yards in five games with the Packers before the foot injury. Benson finished his NFL career with 6,017 yards rushing and 33 total touchdowns. Benson loved football; however, it was his love of people that defined him. Everyone in his presence felt that they were his most loved person as they held his full attention in every conversation. Benson returned to Austin after his playing career and set up a foundation, NUFCED, to aid underprivileged children and families. Those efforts included helping repair damage at the home of the first victim killed in a series of bombings in Austin early 2018, providing scholarships for education and mentoring through football and community efforts. Cedric is survived by his mother Jackqueline Benson and two brothers, Dominic Benson and Deondric Long. He leaves behind his daughter, Nadine Benson, who was the love of his life, as well as, his grandfather, Homer Benson; five aunts, Sharon Wilkerson, Sharon Simmons, Tracy Benson-Daniel, H-mieri-ye Benson and Rhonda Jeffrie; two uncles, Ellison Portis and Charles Portis along with many more uncles, nieces, nephews, friends, loved ones and caring individuals. The family is grateful for the outpouring of love and attention from around the world. "We are forever blessed by the kindness of everyone." Ecclesiastes 3:1-4. Visitation will be held from ten o'clock in the morning to eight o'clock in the evening, Friday, the 23rd of August at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX. The family will be available to greet friends and family from six to eight o'clock in the evening, Friday, the 23rd of August at Cook-Walden Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning, Saturday, the 24th of August at St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 3417 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Austin TX 78721. A private interment will be held at Texas State Cemetery. To share condolences with the family, please visit www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com.

Published by Austin American-Statesman on Aug. 22, 2019.
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Aug
23
Visitation
10:00a.m. - 8:00p.m.
Cook-Walden Funeral Home
6100 North Lamar, Austin, TX
Aug
23
Calling hours
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Cook-Walden Funeral Home
6100 North Lamar, Austin, TX
Aug
24
Funeral service
11:00a.m.
St. James Missionary Baptist Church
3417 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX
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August 18, 2021
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Benny and Mary Ellen LEDESMA
May 21, 2020
God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's..My heartfelt condolences to the family's.
May 20, 2020
My condolences on your tremendous loss and may God comfort you during this difficult time.
November 28, 2019
Cedric we the people of Cincinnati have broken heart's we lost one of our own he was true gentleman and I and my wife always had that great smile.god love Cedric .r.i.p. my dear friend and love ya always. Cincinnati ohio45215
Rob Pippin
October 20, 2019
I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family for their loss of a talented man, who will be remembered for his athletic ability. May you find comfort and strength in God during this time of mourning.
September 20, 2019
In memory of former Bears running back Cedric Benson.
September 5, 2019
Such a great loss for the community and close relatives. My prayers are with all of us who suffered a terrible loss. May Jehova God help to cope with our loss
Neighbor
September 1, 2019
I am so deeply sorry for the heartbreak that the Benson family is experiencing. I extend my sincere condolences to you all. May your cherished memories console you and may the Father of tender mercies be with you.
SA
August 31, 2019
Rest LongHorn you have ran your last play May you Rest In Peace .
Joseph Moody
August 29, 2019
Your memories will live on forever. You touched so many lives you will be forever missed.
BRENDA HEITZMANN
August 28, 2019
blessings...
August 28, 2019
RIP Cedric. Longhorn Nation for ever!
August 28, 2019
To the family of Cedric Benson he will be missed but you will receive comfort from almighty God now and in the future
YM
August 28, 2019
LINDA PEREZ
August 27, 2019
LINDA PEREZ
August 27, 2019
May God continue to bless and keep the Benson family. Cedric left a lot of great memories in the lives of many. May his legacy live on. God Bless you all
August 27, 2019
Rest in peace Cedric! Praying peace for your family and love ones!
Cynthia Crayton
August 26, 2019
I am sorry for your loss. May God the hearer of prayers comfort you and give you strength during this difficult time.
1Peter 5:10
August 25, 2019
Cedric Benson you have given me & others a lot of good memories during your life time. My condolences and prayers goes out to your daughter & family. God has come to take you home to be in a better place.
Ernest Mayfield
Acquaintance
August 25, 2019
Cedric,
Wow, Longhorn nation is so in shock right now.
There's a hole in the Longhorn universe!!
Kudos to your parents for that beautiful smile,
Keep watching over us and smiling on Longhorn Nation.

We love and adore you!

R.I.P. kind sir.











Proud Lifetime Texas Ex 1977-1981
W. Amerson-Haynes
August 25, 2019
Never met the man but I loved the passion and energy he brought to my favorite football team. So very sad when anyone leaves this earth too soon.
August 24, 2019
Cedric, my husband and I met you at a Trail Ride, you will be missed. Prayers for the Benson family.

Eric and Cheryl Harden
Eric Harden
August 24, 2019
CED I love you,and I'm gonna miss you.Im gonna tell all my friends "you did your best"
Buk Prive
August 24, 2019
Alishia
August 24, 2019
I remember Cedric's Chicago years and then his comeback with the Bengals. I am so sorry about his death. I pray that his family has beautiful memories and these give them some comfort. I also pray that Jehovah comforts them during this difficult time.
Alfreda Valentine
August 24, 2019
My prayers go out to all of you in this time. Have comfort in knowing he now rests in the arms of the Lord..
August 24, 2019
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Michael Pope
Family
August 24, 2019
Liz Taylor
Friend
August 24, 2019
You've now joined the Angel's. You will be truly missed! God bless your daughter and family.
Marie Thompson
August 24, 2019
Watched you grow up and represent Midland proudly. My son wanted to be just like you. RIP Cedric.
Gwen Wiseman
Neighbor
August 24, 2019
My deepest condolence to Cedric's family and friends. While coaching Cedric and his classmate at Milam Elem. I knew then at Cedric's future would touch some many people lives. He always encouraged and gave great advice to his teammates. Cedric had a smile on his face that brought happiness to people soul, that you couldn't help but smile back. He will be dearly missed. Heaven gained an angel. It is hard to forget someone who gave us so much to remember.
Cynthia (Coach) Fisher
Teacher
August 24, 2019
Cedric was a true and vibrant star. He will always be remembered as chamption.
Lloyd Ward
Acquaintance
August 24, 2019
Jackie Green
Friend
August 23, 2019
With deepest sympathy
Ronald Stancy
August 23, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss, may Cedric Rest in Peace in the arms of our Lord. Prayers sent for all of his loved ones.
Suzanne Hamel
August 23, 2019
Ced! I'm your cousin Nigel Benson from Waco, Texas. I can't believe your gone cousin, I would watch you play football and get motivated because of you when I played football. This is a big loss to our family but we love you and I know you are running touchdowns in heaven in front of God himself. I'm proud to be cousins with you and I love my Benson family!!! This is not the end, the Marathon Continuous
Nigel Benson
August 23, 2019
Our deepest sympathies to the family. He was well loved both in my hometown of Midland and in Austin where we now live. His legacy will live on. Rest in paradise Ced.
June Munoz-Niblett
Acquaintance
August 23, 2019
ann Johnson
August 23, 2019
Cedric - May you rest in peace as you watch the burnt orange sunsets with God by your side...thank you for the memories of some great Texas football. Prayers for the family...and Hook'em #32♥
Guy & Kris Robbins
August 23, 2019
Thank you for the memories of such a talented young man. Even after football, he continued to give back to his community. I offer my condolences to your family, friends, and us, your fans. Rest in Peace, Cedric.
Vickie Schuette
August 23, 2019
My prayers go out to the Benson family. Cedric was an excellent player for the University of Texas and the NFL. The city of Austin and all of Texas will dearly miss him. Rest in peace.
Matalin Mosby
August 23, 2019
I loved watching Cedric play throughout his years starting at Texas. Always left it out on the field! My heart breaks for the family. I hope his legacy lives through you! He was an absolutely amazing guy!
Don Jones
Acquaintance
August 23, 2019
This is a rough one. AMAZING young man. Way to represent Texas. Prayers to your loving family. May God comfort and ease the pain of all those whom are hurting. Rest in perfect peace Ced.
Kym Merriweather
August 23, 2019
Jackie and family, praying always
Linda Hickey, McDonald family
Neighbor
August 23, 2019
Was one of the best kids on the team, I had the opportunity to coach Cedric Benson on the little league baseball team in Midland, Texas I had a team of really good kids but he was one of the best will be missed.
Herman Harris
Friend
August 23, 2019
Sharna Hickey
Friend
August 23, 2019
RIH dear cousin. See you on the other side.
Your cousin
Elisia Benson
Elisia Benson
August 23, 2019
I enjoyed watching Cedric play for the Bears. It sounds like he had gone on to do some great things after his playing days. May God bless the family.
Jill Washington
August 23, 2019
What a talented athlete- enjoyed all of the excitement that you brought to Cincinnati. Most of all thank you for getting involved in the community while you were here - it means as much or more than a touchdown. Condolences to your family - RIP Ced.
Mary S
August 23, 2019
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Wilma (Harris) Parker
Friend
August 23, 2019
Bobby
August 23, 2019
Loved by many in Cincinnati and a fine role model for youngsters. May you also be a shining star in heaven.
Linda Wilson
August 23, 2019
Cedric You Will Be Missed RIP
Lamont Alexander
August 23, 2019
May God grant you peace and comfort at this sad time. Cedric will be missed.
Jeannie
August 23, 2019
Cederic, thank you for some of the best plays & moments in Cincinnati Bengals history! I am so saddened by your premature death & I offer my condolences to your family, friends, and us, your fans. Rest in peace Cedric.
Connie Overstreet
August 23, 2019
Loved watching Cedric play during his Bengal years. RIP #32. Prayers to his family and friends
Laura
August 23, 2019
May you rest in peace Cedric and thank you for all the memories!
Rebecca Moralez
Friend
August 23, 2019
Norma DeBooth
August 23, 2019
Regina Hunt
Family
August 22, 2019
R.I.P. (John 3:16) "great football player,he will be miss."
Will Mason
August 22, 2019
Will Mason
August 22, 2019
RIP ced
Kenny Duson-taylor
Friend
August 22, 2019
My deepest condolences for the passing of this amazing young man with the wonderful smile and tremendous athletic talent.
I enjoyed watching him play and he was so polite and kind to his many fans.
God bless him and his family whom he loved so much.
Thea Goodman
August 22, 2019
Jackie I am so very sad for yr loss Ced was a good kid and a awesome young man I remember when I was at yr house and he was training running on pine oak and pecan street that kid was amazing even back then . Ced will be missed you and your family are in my prayers. Friend I am here if you need me . All my love to you and your family
Kendria (Kenny) Duson-taylor
Friend
August 22, 2019
My family sends our condolences to the Benson family,we we're honored years ago to meet this Yong man,and other longhorn players,my grandson was waiting on a kidney transplant and players to would come by Dell children's hospital.truley an amazing person.
Clarence Burns
Acquaintance
August 22, 2019
You will always remain in my heart. Thanks for all the special memories!
Sandy Williams
August 22, 2019
PRAYER ARE WITH YOU'LL!
ELDER JOE COLSON, JR AND FAMILY
August 22, 2019
RIP! God is great! You are loved. I offer my condolences to your family.

Gena
Regina F Miller
August 22, 2019
I like to give my condolences to Jackie and her Family,my heart ❤ is heavy right now also, I will be praying for you and Miss Debra Peterson and your family. I know first hand the Love ❤ the both of you have for Cedric, he was so bless to have strong beautiful Women in his Life. Love you guys, will be keeping you guys in my prayers, RIP CB love Coach. Thats was my name from the first day we met.(Rodney Hemphill and Family).
Rodney Hemphill
Friend
August 22, 2019
My prayers and deepest condolences to the family.It's been a pleasure to talk with Cedric over the years.I remember going over to my Aunt Pauline's house and he was always over there eating during his high school years.He was the best running back that came through Lee High school in the State of Texas.He will be missed but never forgotten RIH.
Marcus Mayberry
Friend
August 22, 2019
The Franks and Banks family sends our heartfelt Condolences to Cedric's Mom and family. Condolences to Aamina's family as well. May God bring you comfort and peace. Your son was a good man, friend and athlete. His was one of the greatest, his record speaks for itself. He will truly be missed by our football family in West Texas, Wisconsin and the entire NFL.
Rest in Heaven Ced.
Bubba Franks
August 22, 2019
Gone too soon, but will never be forgotten. My sincerest condolences to mother, daughter, brothers and entire family. Praying for peace and understanding. May God bless you!
Karen McClellan
August 22, 2019
RIH praying for the family
Jacqueline Ratliff Shelby
Friend
August 22, 2019
Creator wrap your loving arms around Cedric and give peace,comfort and healing to his family. Cedric will be the sun shining down , his whispers in the wind and his tears in the rain. It was a great honor to had and watch you play for the Green Bay Packers. Bless you and your family.
Virginia Dessart
August 22, 2019
Such a beautiful spirit. Cedric touched so many people, so many hearts, and in many different ways. Sometime it was just with a simple smile. God was first in your life Ced, you are with him now, and that's a beautiful thing! I pray strength and comfort for the entire family! Many Blessings to you all.
Marshevet Hooker Flintall
August 22, 2019
Rest in peace..God bless the Benson family..From a bears fan
Terry Mckenzie
August 22, 2019
I love you, Cedric. I never met you, but I always watched you from day 1. Nothing could stop you except an accident. Right now everyone like me is feeling like me. Like we lost our brother.
You will live 4ever on The Forty Acres.
Thank you sir, for bringing me the happiness I enjoyed watching you from day one.
Mike Whitworth
Neighbor
August 22, 2019
Rest in Peace. May God surround your family with love and comfort
Benny and Mary Ellen LEDESMA
August 22, 2019
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Wilma Shelton
Friend
August 21, 2019
Rest in peace our Dear friend. Prayers and condolences to the family. What a wonderful person with such a wonderful smile rest in peace ,Amen
Lupe McMillin
Acquaintance
August 21, 2019
May you rest in Peace ❤
Mariza Saenz
August 21, 2019
God only called the best Angels home
Ollestean Daniel
Friend
August 21, 2019
RIP
JoAnne Talavera
Friend
August 21, 2019
I was a big fan of his. Loved his style at his position. Laid back.
William Davis
August 21, 2019
Jonathan Pylant
Classmate
August 21, 2019
May the Lord Jesus Christ give your family peace that surpasses understanding during this difficult time! Rest in peace Cedric!
Cynthia Crayton
August 21, 2019
My condolences to the Benson family. You will be missed young Man. I will never forget the memories you gave us. God bless R.I.P.
Ari Reyes
August 21, 2019
My heart is sad and truly hurting. A true and genuine person is gone from this planet. He will be greatly missed.
Willard Floyd
Acquaintance
August 21, 2019
Valenda Newell
August 21, 2019
The Ground Pounders M/C send our prayers.
Rhonda Gaye
Acquaintance
August 21, 2019
Job well done, but the lord needed you more. You will be missed and I rejoice in the day that we will all meet again. Blessings my brother.RIP.
Jerry Zachery
Friend
August 21, 2019
Though I graduated Lee in 74 I have always kept up with the Rebels. I watched all three championships and was so proud. Cedric was the absolute best high school running I had ever seen and remains so In my opinion. My prayers and condolences go out to the family. Cedric will be missed but never forgotten. Rest In Peace!
Roger Dixon
August 21, 2019
Ced you were the best.And you will truly be missed. Praying for Jackie and family. I thank God you were a member of the church. RIP Suggs Family
Milton Suggs n family
Friend
August 21, 2019
RIP Cedric. You will be missed but never forgotten.
Diane Banduch
Acquaintance
August 21, 2019
I would like to just say to the Benson family that I'm am really sorry for your loss and that I was a huge fan and will always be and I followed you cedric benson from Midland Lee to UT to the bears to The Bangles into their last year U broken foot You played on the 2005 national championship UT football team and for that were always be grateful for that Cedric and all the thing's you did to help the community R.I.P we really Do lose the great one's way too early I'm so sorry that it was you .....
Miguel Perez
Friend
August 21, 2019
I have sat her and thought about you over and over and have cried.You will forever being in my HEART...Save me a place right next you ...HOOK'EM
Nicole Ayala
Friend
August 21, 2019
my prayers and condolences to the family of Cedric Benson. I was a true Long horn fan of his, thanks for sharing him with us in Austin with the Texas Long horns. May the Lord place his loving arms around his family and friends and bring you comfort and healing through this dificult time.
Longhorn Fan
August 21, 2019
Thank you #32 for the memories you left on the 40 acres. You are among the greats that made their mark on and off the field. I had the pleasure of meeting you one day and the impact you made with everyone you encountered is shown in the love that people are expressing around the world. Rest easy Ced B.
Julius Cortez
August 21, 2019
"To the Family of Cedric, My family send our sincerest condolences. We will continue to lift you all in prayer. I also like to thank you for sharing such a beautiful soul with my family especially with my son Adam best of friends. Ced was such a humble man will greatly be missed. Our hearts are hollow and our minds are dark. Ced and our God will help us all heal. May his family and friends all find comfort, strength, and healing in your God. God, you've called upon a greatly talented and humble man. "Rest in Peace Cedric you will greatly be missed"
Linda Rodriguez
Family Friend
August 21, 2019
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