TOP SPORTS STORIES OF 2019: #2 – Death of Midland Lee legend Cedric Benson

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As 2019 comes to an end, we are taking a look at some of the top sports stories from around the Permian Basin this year.

Former Midland Lee, University of Texas and NFL running back Cedric Benson was killed in a motorcycle accident in August.

Benson led the Rebels to three consecutive state championships and a national championship. After Lee, Benson played at the University of Texas and rushed for more than 5,500 yards.

Benson was then drafted fourth overall by the Chicago Bears.

After his time in the NFL, Benson traveled back to Midland and hosted a football camp in 2018. He told Big 2 he had dreams of opening the “Cedric Benson Foundation” – a place where kids could go after school to hang out and work out athletics.

The Midland Lee and University of Texas football programs mourned the death of their former running back following his death.

Watch the video above for more.

Permian Basin’s Biggest Sports Stories of 2019

2. Death of Midland Lee legend Cedric Benson

3. Greenwood advances to State Semifinals

4. Pecos ends playoff drought after offseason tragedy

5. Former Midland High Bulldog Bryce Hoppel dominates NCAA, turns professional

6. Midland Classical basketball makes State Championship runs

7. Midland Northern LL All-Stars come within one win of advancing to Little League World Series

8. UTPB caps off historic season with viral TD on Senior Night

9. Odessa High softball/baseball make postseason runs

10. Permian basketball advances to Sweet 16

Honorable Mentions:

  • Andrews girl’s golf wins ninth-consecutive State Championship
  • Wink volleyball advances to State Semifinals
  • Rankin football advances to State Semifinals
  • Midland Lee football outlasts Arlington Lamar in Area Round
  • Midland High alum McLane Mannix plays in first season at Texas Tech

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