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Bengals release statement on passing of Cedric Benson

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“The Bengals extend our deepest condolences to Cedric’s family.”

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The football world is mourning the loss of Cedric Benson, who passed away this weekend after a tragic motorcycle accident.

During his NFL career from 2005-12, Benson enjoyed a four-year journey with the Bengals from 2008-11. He recorded 1,109 rushes for 4,176 yards and 21 touchdowns across 56 games.

On Sunday, Bengals president Mike Brown issued the following statement on the passing of Benson:

“Cedric was a fine football player for us. He played a principal role for several years here, including a couple of playoff runs. He was from Texas, and he showed his Texas toughness in leading us to a Division Championship in just his second season with us. His three consecutive 1000-yard seasons displayed the talent he possessed. Our organization is deeply saddened by his sudden and tragic passing. The Bengals extend our deepest condolences to Cedric’s family.”

Former Bengals running backs coach Jim Anderson also released a statement:

“Once he bought into our system, he was like a flower. He just blossomed. He gave us an element we didn’t have. We had complementary guys, but Cedric gave us a missing element. He was a good man. He was one of my guys and it hurts. Life is too short.”