MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/ Fox 24) – The death of Cedric Benson came as an unexpected shock for Midlanders.
For many – he was a friend, a student, a teammate, and family.
Friends and family are mourning the loss of Cedric Benson. He’s best known for his stardom at Midland Lee and the University of Texas as their star running back.
“I want people to remember him as you know basically a person that came out here,” says Fred Thrweatt, Benson’s childhood friend.
The famous running back and Midland native soared to stardom as a Texas Longhorn legend. He died in a motorcycle crash Saturday night.
Thrweatt says he remembered him as a go-getter.
Thrweatt and Benson shared their love for football and afternoons at the Boys and Girls Club in Midland.
Benson’s former Lee High School, Coach John Parchman, says his relationship with Benson was like family. One he kept throughout Benson’s football career.
“My relationship with him was based on trust and he knew I cared about him,” Parchman says. “Maintained our relationship throughout university Texas days and throughout NFL days.”
Parchman says Benson was always the kind of person to laugh and smile whether he scored a touchdown or not.
Outside football, Benson had a heart for children.
“I mean the goals that I knew that we talked about was wanted to try to better kids especially with education-wise,” Thrweatt says. “Give them hindsight of college is important to use what you have to get to where you need to go.”