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It's been a long, winding road for Benson

Bengals running back has matured, traveled a long way since his days with the Bears

Updated: October 21, 2009, 9:54 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

It was never easy to pick a side regarding the short and sad Bears career of Cedric Benson.

He cried on draft day, and while some admired his honest sentiment, others later used it as a reason to question his toughness.

He was the fourth pick overall, but he didn't really want the Bears to draft him, and the Bears, seemingly set on Thomas Jones as their featured back, never acted as if they wanted him.

Benson was a contract holdout that first year and missed his first ...

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