Knapp’s household launched a press release by way of the crew that the longtime NFL assistant coach died at 2:32 p.m. EDT.
The household stated within the assertion that Knapp was struck by a automobile whereas driving his bicycle within the metropolis of San Ramon within the San Francisco Bay Space and by no means regained consciousness.
He was surrounded by his mom, spouse, three daughters and his brother when he died.
“Greg’s infectious character is most individuals’s first and lasting reminiscence of him,” the household stated. “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.
“Whereas his household, pals and gamers nonetheless had a lot to be taught from him and desperately wished they’d extra time with him, God known as an audible and needed to go over the sport plan instantly with him. It’s going to definitely be a masterpiece, identical to Greg!”
“The lack of a beloved one is at all times a problem however is more durable when it’s fully sudden,” Saleh stated in a press release issued by the crew. “Charlotte, Jordan, Natalie, and Camille please settle for our most honest condolences. Greg had such an interior peace about him that folks at all times appeared to gravitate in direction of. He lived life in a loving method that helped him join with individuals from all walks of life in a novel method. In his brief time right here, I imagine the individuals on this group had an opportunity to expertise that connection. Greg, thanks for all that you’ve shared with us, you may be missed, brother.”
Knapp was well-liked and revered in NFL circles and he had established himself as one of many league’s prime offensive-minded coaches. After a nine-year stint as an assistant at Sacramento State, the place he additionally performed quarterback, Knapp bought his first NFL job with San Francisco in 1997 as an offensive high quality management coach below Steve Mariucci. He was promoted to quarterbacks coach two years later and have become the 49ers’ offensive coordinator in 2001.
Knapp had been anticipated to have a key function in serving to offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur and quarterbacks coach Rob Calabrese train and develop Wilson because the 21-year-old QB adjusts to NFL life because the doubtless starter for the Jets this season.