NY Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp tragically passes away

NY Jets, Greg Knapp
NY Jets, Greg Knapp / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

The NY Jets lost a beloved member of their family on Thursday as pass game specialist Greg Knapp has reportedly passed away at the age of 58.

Knapp was involved in a tragic accident over the weekend when he was struck by a motorist while riding his bicycle. He was taken to a local hospital and was reportedly in critical condition facing life-threatening injuries.

The news of his passing was shared by Chicago Bears tight ends coach Clancy Barone, a close friend of Knapp's, on Facebook. The two first crossed paths at Sacramento State where both individuals coached for their alma mater.

Barone posting the following message on Facebook sharing a touching tribute to his "great friend."

The man with me in this photo: great friend for 40 years. College teammate. Best friend in the coaching profession. We...

Posted by Clancy Barone on Thursday, July 22, 2021

NY Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp passes away at the age of 58.

Knapp coached at some level of football for the last 35 years first starting out as an assistant with his alma mater Sacramento State. He spent nine years at Sacramento State before making the jump to the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers.

Following his seven-year stint in San Francisco, Knapp would serve as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders, and Seattle Seahawks while also spending time with the Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, and most recently as the quarterbacks coach in Atlanta.

It was with Denver that Knapp helped lead Peyton Manning and the Broncos to a victory in Super Bowl 50. The longtime NFL assistant was hired to be the Jets pass game specialist this January where he was reunited with former Falcons defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich.

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Knapp leaves behind a wife, Charlotte, and three daughters. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Knapp family at this time.

EDIT: Knapp's agent, Jeff Sperbeck, confirmed the unfortunate news of Knapp's passing with the following statement. "Today at 11:32 am PST, Greg Knapp (aka Knapper) was called back home to Heaven.”