After playing college football for the University of Texas, he was drafted by the Chicago Bears fourth overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. In 2008, he joined the Cincinnati Bengals where he had three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons from 2009-11.
The Chicago Bears selected Benson as the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, making him the highest drafted Bears player since 1979. Due to his lengthy contract hold-out, he missed a significant portion of practice and fell down on the depth chart. Injuries, the performance of other running backs, and questionable comments to the media made Benson's stay in Chicago brief.
Benson became the Bears' secondary running back again during the playoffs. In the 2006 NFC Championship game against the New Orleans Saints, Benson scored a fourth quarter touchdown and totaled 60 yards. Though he was given a majority of the team's carries, his counterpart, Jones, amassed two touchdowns and 123 rushing yards. In the team's following game, Super Bowl XLI, Benson sustained a knee injury in the first half, and missed the remainder of the game.
On June 9, 2008, Benson was released by the Bears following his second alcohol-related arrest in five weeks.
Green Bay PackersEdit
On August 12, 2012, Benson signed with the Green Bay Packers. The deal is reportedly a one-year contract worth $825,000. On October 7th, 2012, Benson suffered a Lisfranc injury to his foot. He will be out at least 8 weeks. This is a displacement of the bones in his mid foot.