Cedric Myron Benson

December 28, 1982August 17, 2019

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.


  • Matt Trissel, Active Pallbearer
  • Cory Redding, Active Pallbearer
  • Jonathan Scott , Active Pallbearer
  • Selvin Young, Active Pallbearer
  • Kasey Studdard, Active Pallbearer
  • Will Matthews, Active Pallbearer
  • Marcus Wilkins, Active Pallbearer
  • Bo Scaife , Active Pallbearer
  • Deondric Long, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Dominic Benson , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Kyle Hunt, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Coach John Parchman, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Arthur Johnson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Joshua Jeffrie, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Public Visitation

    Friday, August 23, 2019

  • Visitation with Family Present

    Friday, August 23, 2019

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, August 24, 2019


Cedric Myron Benson

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E Harris

November 10, 2019

You were more than a friend, you were my family. The older brother I never had. I'll never forget you stepping in during my wedding when I couldn't stop crying....I just wish you could do that now... You are missed every day - the girls ask about you & Aaron and I miss your fierce presence in our lives.

Things will never be the same, but we feel so blessed to have spent so much time with you and Aamna over the last few years. You finally found someone on your level!

I will be forever grateful for our last conversation and that last dinner at our spot. Our girls will continue to grow up together and Nadine will always have her Aunt E and Uncle Aaron.

You were an irreplaceable force in my life and I will never find a more loyal friend or inspiring person. Thank you for all the memories...I will miss you for the rest of my life.

"Goodbyes are only for those that love with their eyes, because for those who love with their heart and soul there is no such thing as goodbye."

Love you forever,

Reggie Hicks

September 22, 2019

To the family of Cedric Benson May God strengthen your heart and spirit in the loss of your loved one. I watched Cedric as a player an outstanding running back and always had that smile on his face. May you hold to the fond memories of Cedric death cannot take away. Hopefully and prayerfully you will one day be united with your love one. God bless you Benson Family.

Janicr Johnson

August 28, 2019

Cedric wore 32 so I followed him throughout his career with the Bengals. We felt a special bond since he followed my own special number 32

He will be missed and I’m
So glad we got to spend time with him a couple of years ago in Cinci

Janice and Rudi Johnson

Janet Graham

August 26, 2019

My heart is broken. I never knew Cedric personally, only as a wonderful member of a very special group of people known as "Longhorn Family" I was honored and fortunate to have met him during a number of Longhorn functions and have a picture of the two of us, which I will cherish for the rest of my life.

He was always so kind and friendly and always took time to say hello are take a picture. His smile was infectious and something I will remember always.

His time on this earth, although way too short will be celebrated forever. He was a special human being that God allowed us to know.

May God wrap his loving arms around his family and friends and give them strength and let them know just how much Cedric was loved and respected.

Marie Hodges

August 25, 2019

Well Cedric you gone be very mist God bless you rip.

Alec Harris

August 25, 2019

I never met Cedric. On several occasions during one year, after he was finished at University of Texas, I would see him out at the UT Penick Allison tennis courts watching the women’s team play. On one of those days I interrupted his focus and we discussed tennis, as my Uncle played for UT in the early 50’s and won SWC titles. Cedric was ultra cool. I attended the touching and amazing Celebration ceremony for him yesterday. He’s now smiling that genuine greeting of his- that smile- on his family’s ability to put together such an incredible gathering to honor his legacy under such excruciating circumstances . One comment by the speakers yesterday stood out like his superb football talent- that he rarely talked about football after being done with it. Several of the speakers mentioned a word that they felt might best define his personality. One was confidence. For sure, fits. When I saw him out at the courts years ago the word that came to my mind back then, and now, is …. peaceful. As in, he seemed completely at peace with who he was, what he stood for, and what he represented. Of course, he’s right to be at such peace cuz he was that special. He was right too. May the family reach such a state in the coming years knowing that Cedric is likely at peace now. He was, and is, an awesome individual. I’m also certain that he would want such an effect on the family of his passenger, as his heart is obviously as genuine and pure as his smile.

Paloma Sanchez

August 24, 2019

Ced and I knew each other throughout the years. We had our ups and downs as friends. He was so stubborn but with the most beautiful mind. He was a winner, he won every time. Humble with every word. He loved to talk about life, what you want to be and how you planned to get there, deep documentaries on Netflix, wine, his horse perla, his dogs, his love for bikes and BMWs, his family was everything to him and where he came from. He had the best smile with the most brightest soul. He always let me be myself which was the most freeing feeling. At his place he always made sure you had a good time, he wanted you to be free and happy, just like him. He had tough love for the ones he cared for, and I understand why, he just wanted everyone to be knowledgeable and succeed. He was very deep, which I loved about him. We never talked about football much. I never really knew him in that light. He was just a great man, a beautiful person inside and out.
Sending all the love and prayers to his family, his mother and two brothers, his passenger Aamna Najam, friends, teammates, the Austin area, Texas and his fans. You will truly be missed my friend. This life won’t be the same without you but we will keep you lifted in love.
Love you Ced. ❤️🙏🏽


Andy Long

August 24, 2019

Ced invited me to Austin a couple times to met up with him, but schedules never mirrored up . Please honorably display the U.S. flag I passed on. I wish I could have personally given it to him. The certificate validates Ced’s name and the Air Force combat mission the flag was flown on in Afghanistan! Thank you Ced for inspiring me to succeed in my personal life and you will always be riding shotgun next to me in my BMW!

Lana Petru

August 24, 2019

Ever curious and always exploring your faith we had philosophical and spiritual conversations. We discussed our businesses, our need to give back to the community and our love of family. You were a beautiful soul and I will truly miss you! Blessed are those who trust in the Lord. Amen and alleluia! Love Always, Lana

Carole S Jackson

August 24, 2019

I never had a chance to meet Cedric in person but I watched him play football with the Longhorns many times. I've heard many positive things about his love for being kind to everybody!! We need more of this in this world.

I pray God's Hands around his family at this time!!



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