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Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp, 58, dead following tragic bicycling accident

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New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp has died after being struck by a automotive whereas driving a bicycle in California over the weekend. He was 58.

Sacramento State, the place Knapp performed quarterback for 4 years earlier than becoming a member of the teaching employees for 9, confirmed his passing on Thursday. 

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“We are heartbroken over the loss of Greg Knapp,” Hornets head coach Troy Taylor stated in an announcement. “Greg was not only a great former Hornet player and coach, but one of the kindest and most generous people that I’ve ever known. His success and humility have been an inspiration to all of us here at Sacramento State. We will continue to carry on his legacy within our football program and wish his family and friends peace and comfort through this difficult loss.”

The Knapp household launched an announcement by means of the Jets.

FILE – In this Aug. 4, 2016, file picture, Denver Broncos quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp watches throughout NFL soccer coaching camp in Englewood, Colo. Knapp, at the moment a New York Jets assistant coach was in a “horrific” bicycle accident final weekend and is in crucial situation. Denver TV station 9News reported Monday evening, July 29, 2021, that Knapp was hit by a car whereas driving in California. Agent Jeff Sperbeck confirmed to the station the 58-year-old longtime NFL assistant was hospitalized.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

While driving his bicycle close to his dwelling in Danville on Saturday, Knapp was struck by a driver. According to reviews on the time, the motive force of the car swerved into the bike lane. The driver, who police say is cooperating with them, was stated to have rendered support on the scene. 

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Knapp started a profitable profession in soccer at Sacramento State the place he’s nonetheless ranked eighth in class historical past in profession passing yards (3,806) and touchdowns (32). During his nearly 10 years teaching there, Knapp acquired a number of invites to NFL coaching camps. 

SEPTEMBER 27: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons speaks with quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp prior to an NFL game against the Chicago Bears at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

SEPTEMBER 27: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons speaks with quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp previous to an NFL recreation in opposition to the Chicago Bears at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

Knapp was employed by the Jets because the passing-games specialist again in January. He spent 23 years establishing himself as a veteran assistant coach, serving because the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, and the Atlanta Falcons. 

He additionally served because the quarterbacks coach for the Niners, Houston Texans and the Denver Broncos the place he coached Peyton Manning to a Super Bowl title. 

The Falcons, Broncos and Raiders additionally launched statements.

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Knapp leaves behind a spouse and three daughters.

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