Cedric’s Sports Career
& Awards

He Knew from an Early Age that Football was his Passion


The Early Years

Benson began to emerge as a football stand-out in the eighth grade while attending Abell Junior High School in Midland, Texas under Coach Chris McKinney. Benson attended Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, Texas, and finished his career with 8,423 rushing yards (the most in Texas 5A history and the fourth most in Texas high school football history). He led his team to three consecutive State Championships, and rushed for a total of 15 touchdowns in the three championship games. Cedric rushed for more than 1,900 yards in only 9 games. He was the first high school player to ever make the cover of Dave Campbell's Texas Football annual magazine. Cedric was also a center fielder on the baseball team. As a senior, in District 4-5A games, he hit .361 with 4 home runs and 14 RBIs. 


Baseball Career

Right out of high school Benson was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 12th round of the 2001 MLB Draft. While Benson did not play in the major leagues, he spent his time with the Dodgers playing in their summer league at Vero Beach.








Collegiate Career

Benson attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a four-year starter for the Texas Longhorns football team. As a senior in 2004, he received the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back and won the UT All-American Award. He finished his college career with 5,540 rushing yards to rank sixth all time in NCAA Division I-A history and second only to Ricky Williams in Longhorns team history.




Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears selected Benson as the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, making him the highest drafted Bears player since Dan Hampton in 1979. 


Cincinnati Bengals

Benson signed September 30, 2008. In the twelve games he was active during the 2008 season, Benson had 932 all-purpose yards: 747 rushing and 185 receiving.


Benson went on to record his first 1,000-yard rushing season and he set a Bengals franchise record with six games with over 100 rushing yards. He finished the season as the NFL’s 8th leading rusher with 1,251 yards, despite only playing 13 games. He then set a Bengals postseason record with 169 rushing yards in their game against the New York Jets.


Green Bay Packers

On August 12, 2012, Benson signed with the Green Bay Packers. Unfortunately, on October 7, 2012, Cedric suffered a Lisfranc injury to his foot and was later placed on injured reserve. This injury caused the 2012 season to be his last season with the NFL.


Awards & Accolades



First high school football player to make the cover of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football annual magazine 

Heisman Trophy Finalist


    Longhorns Hall of Honor (2014)

    All-American (2004)

    Doak Walker Award (2004)

    2× First-team
    All-Big 12
    (2003, 2004)

    All-Big 12 (2002)

    All-Big 12 (2001)


    Ed Block Courage Award (2010)

    NFC Champion (2006)