New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp suffers fatal injuries sustained in a bicycle accident on Saturday near his home in Danville, Calif.
Knapp, 58, was struck by a single motorist around 2:49 p.m., according to the San Ramon Police Department. According to the preliminary investigation, drugs and / or alcohol were not a factor, police said. The driver of the vehicle, whose name is not disclosed, cooperates with the police.
This happened at a busy intersection that includes a traffic light, about 27 miles east of Oakland.
Knapp’s family and Jets coach Robert Saleh released statements on Tuesday confirming the crash and asking for prayers.
“Greg is such an amazing person it’s hard to imagine the challenge he and his family face,” said Saleh, who hired Knapp in January as a passing specialist. “Greg’s fun nature, kindness and wealth of knowledge has allowed him to bond truly with all of our coaches, players and staff since he’s been here. I ask you to keep him in your prayers as we are all shooting for him to recover from this horrible accident. “
The Knapp family said, “Greg is an amazing father and husband whose passion for life is reflected in all of his interactions with people. He is our rock and our biggest supporter, pushing us to strive for better ourselves every time. day with constant love and inspiration. Although many know him for his accomplishments as a coach, his impact as a father and husband is far greater. We are so lucky to have him in our lives. We are so lucky to have him in our lives. are sincerely grateful to all who have continued to reach out and support us – it has meant the world to us. We ask that you continue to pray for Greg and our family during this time. “
Knapp was preparing to head east for the start of training camp. The Jets rookies announced Tuesday, with the full squad due on July 27.
Known for his expertise with quarterbacks, Knapp has been hired to work with this group of positions, most notably rookie Zach Wilson, the second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Over a 25-year career, he coached Peyton Manning and Steve Young, both members of the Professional Football Hall of Fame.
Prior to joining the Jets, Knapp spent three seasons coaching the Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks. One of the highlights of his career, which began in 1997 as a low-level offensive assistant with the San Francisco 49ers, was the Super Bowl Championship with the Denver Broncos after the 2015 season. turned out to be Manning’s last season.