Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Ex-Texas, NFL RB Benson Dies in Accident

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Ex-Texas, NFL RB Benson Dies in Accident

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Ex-Texas, NFL RB Benson dies in accident

Former NFL running back Cedric Benson, one of the most prolific rushers in NCAA and University of Texas history, has died in a motorcycle accident in Texas. He was 36.

Benson's attorney, Sam Bassett, said Austin law enforcement told him that Benson was killed in the wreck Saturday night. He had no details about the accident.

Benson was a key player in the Longhorns' resurgence under coach Mack Brown, who said Sunday that Benson's death has left him grief-stricken.

"He was as good as you'll ever see as a football player and as tough as they come," said Brown, who recently returned to coach North Carolina following a long run at Texas. "But what I'll remember most is what a special, special person he was. We always enjoyed talking with him because he was such a bright and unique guy. There will never be another one like him, and he will be dearly missed by so many. It's just heartbreaking, but we feel very fortunate to have had him in our lives."

Benson played at Texas from 2001-2004 and his 5,540 yards ranks second at the university and ninth in NCAA history. He won the Doak Walker award, given to the nation's top running back, in 2004.

Benson was drafted No. 4 overall by the Bears in 2005. He had his finest years with Cincinnati from 2008-11. (AP)

Whitaker, who called the first Super Bowl, dies at 95: Sportscasting icon Jack Whitaker, who announced the very first Super Bowl for CBS Sports among other milestone events during a decades-long career, has died at 95.

The longtime broadcaster died in his sleep Sunday in Devon, Pa., according to CBS News.

Whitaker spent more than two decades working for CBS Sports, where his coverage included football, golf, boxing, soccer, baseball and horse racing. He worked on each of the first 21 Super Bowls, as well as the four PGA majors and Triple Crown races. …

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