CINCINNATI OH - DECEMBER 19: Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals carries the ball against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 19 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
When talking with Dave Lapham in the lockerroom following the Bengals 19-17 win, Cedric Benson started getting emotional talking about the win and his overall path as a professional football player achieving the accomplishment of recording his first back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons in his NFL career. When someone in the press conference congratulated him on the accomplishment, Benson said:
“Thank you very much. It’s a wonderful feeling for me. I’m kind of getting tickled right now. The road that I’ve had as a professional and to finally be..."
Benson at this point gets a little choked up.
"I was foolish enough to question myself," Benson said. "Self doubt, not necessarily growing roots, but presenting itself, and finally things came together."
However, Benson also knows he's running for a contract next season and he's smart enough to use that emotion to put his name out there for any suitors, Bengals (probably) included, that will need a feature back next season.
Benson recorded 150 yards rushing on 31 carries -- both season-highs -- and an 18-yard touchdown that would become the team's lone touchdown in the game.