New York assistant coach Greg Knapp has passed away because of injuries stemming from a bicycle crash.
The New York Jets suffered a tragic loss on Thursday. Their passing game specialist, Greg Knapp, has passed away because of injuries from a bicycle accident. Jeff Sperbeck, his agent, confirmed the news, as reported by Mike Kils of 9News.
Knapp was 58-years-old.
Jets coach Greg Knapp has passed away at age 58
Knapp had been in the hospital in critical condition for approximately the past week after he was struck by a driver while riding his bicycle on July 17. He was riding his bicycle in San Ramon, Calif. According to the police report, the person who hit Knapp has been cooperative with law enforcement.
Knapp was entering his first season with the Jets, signing with the team in January.
“In his short time with us, Greg had an immediate influence on those who had the pleasure of spending the smallest amount of time with him. His legacy is not only working with some of the brightest quarterbacks the league has ever seen, but the countless others across this world he has had an indelibly positive influence on,” Jets chairman Woody Johnson said per Jets.com.
Head coach Robert Saleh also commented on the news.
“Greg had such an inner peace about him that people always seemed to gravitate towards. In his short time here, I believe the people in this organization had a chance to experience that connection,” Saleh said.
Knapp was an NFL coach for 23 years, and coached seven teams during that span. He coached the San Francisco 49ers, Falcons, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans and Atalanta Falcons.