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 Information.
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 character is most individuals’s first and lasting reminiscence of him,” Sperbeck stated in an announcement. “The phrase ‘he by no means met a stranger’ encapsulates Knapper’s zest for all times. He had a novel present to make everybody really feel particular, and to Knapper, all of them have been.”
This upcoming season would have been Knapp’s first beneath new Jets coach Robert Saleh, who was employed in January to take cost of the franchise that is posted 5 consecutive shedding years.
Knapp, the group’s passing recreation specialist, was set to educate rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, a BYU prodigy chosen by the Jets with the second general 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 Professional Bowl sign caller Matt Ryan for the previous three seasons.
Earlier than 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 Tremendous Bowl 50.