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Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp dies following bicycle crash


New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp, who has tutored a few of soccer’s most famous quarterbacks, died Thursday following a bicycle crash final week, his agent confirmed to NBC News.

Knapp, 58, was an avid bike owner who was using on Saturday in Northern California when a motorist swerved into the bike lane and hit the veteran coach in San Ramon, his agent Jeff Sperbeck stated Tuesday.

He by no means regained consciousness and died Thursday surrounded by his spouse, three daughters, mom and brother.

“Greg’s infectious personality is most people’s first and lasting memory of him,” Sperbeck stated in a press release. “The phrase ‘he never met a stranger’ encapsulates Knapper’s zest for life. He had a unique gift to make everyone feel special, and to Knapper, they all were.”

This upcoming season would have been Knapp’s first with the Jets. He and new head coach Robert Saleh had been employed in January amid a employees shakeup within the hopes of ending the franchise’s 5 consecutive shedding years.

Knapp, the group’s passing recreation specialist, was set to coach rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, a BYU prodigy chosen by the Jets with the second total decide of this previous NFL Draft.

Knapp has been a fixture on NFL teaching staffs for the previous 25 years, serving as quarterbacks coach or offensive coordinator for a number of the league’s most well-known passing assaults.

He served as quarterbacks coach with the Atlanta Falcons, working alongside four-time Pro Bowl sign caller Matt Ryan for the previous three seasons.

Before coming to Atlanta, Knapp was the quarterbacks coach/passing recreation coordinator with the Denver Broncos, the place he labored with Peyton Manning. Knapp’s three-season stint in Denver included the Broncos’ victory in Super Bowl 50.

Brandon McManus, kicker for the Broncos, tweeted in mourning of Knapp on Thursday, calling the coach an “awesome” individual.

“RIP Coach Greg Knapp. Always enjoyed our conversations on and off the field,” McManus stated.

Sacramento State head coach Troy Taylor stated the varsity was “heartbroken” over the information, recalling Knapp’s historical past as a Hornet.

“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,” Taylor stated in a press release Thursday. “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.”

Knapp started attending Sacramento State within the fall of 1983, the place he performed as their quarterback and is ranked eighth in class historical past in profession passing yards, the college stated.

The Las Vegas Raiders, the place Knapp was an offensive coordinator when the group was nonetheless primarily based in Oakland, had been “saddened and stunned” to listen to of his loss of life.

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire Raider Nation are with Coach Knapp’s family during this extremely difficult time,” the group stated.

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