The NFL community is mourning the loss of longtime coach Greg Knapp, who died on Thursday from injuries suffered after a bike accident.
Knapp was 58 years old. He had joined the New York Jets coaching staff as an assistant coach and was working with quarterback Zach Wilson in the off-season.
According to a story on TMZ, Knapp collided with a car on Saturday afternoon in San Ramon, Calif. The NFL assistant coach was immediately rushed to a local hospital. Knapp never regained consciousness.
In a statement from the Knapp family, they said, “Today at 11:32 am PST, Greg Knapp (aka Knapper) was called back home to Heaven, where he will be reunited with his Dad.”
The statement also said “Greg spent 33 years coaching football, the first 9 at Sacramento State (where he also played QB) and the next 24 years in the NFL as an Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach. He coached hundreds of players, including Steve Young, Jeff Garcia, Rick Mirer, Matt Schaub, Michael Vick, Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, and most recently, Zach Wilson.
“Those of us who were blessed to have known him know that he would have wanted even this moment to be a teachable one. So this is it…’Live every day as if it’s your last, and love those around you like it won’t last!'”
NFL Teams, Coaching Friends Offer Words Of Condolence For Greg Knapp
Knapp was the Denver Broncos’ quarterbacks coach when the NFL team won a Super Bowl in 2016.
In a tweet, the Broncos’ organization issued a statement.
“We’re heartbroken by the sudden, tragic passing of former Broncos QB Coach Greg Knapp,” the organization said. “We will all remember ‘Knapper’ for his kindness, humor, and fun-loving approach to life. We’re sending our deepest condolences to the entire Knapp family.”
The Broncos’ organization had a much longer statement in the tweet itself.
A fellow NFL coach who worked alongside Knapp offered their words of tribute, too. Chicago Bears tight ends coach Clancy Barone coached with Knapp in Atlanta and Denver.
Barone said, “College teammate. Best friend in the coaching profession. We always made sure our lockers were next to each other during our coaching journey … including 2 Super Bowls!!! Knapper … one of a kind in more ways than we can count.”
Atlanta Falcons Owner Called Knapp ‘A Wonderful Person’
In a tweet from the Falcons’ organization, team owner Arthur Blank said, “He was a tremendous football coach who achieved at the highest levels of our game, but more importantly he was a wonderful person who had the love, admiration, and respect of those who were blessed to work with him.”
Knapp’s wife Charlene, daughters Jordan, Natalie, and Camille, his mother, and brother were with Knapp when he died on Thursday.
Outsider sends its condolences to the Knapp family.