Tragedy has struck the New York Jets and the group as Greg Knapp, the newly-installed go recreation specialist for 2021, has handed away from accidents sustained after he was struck by a car whereas driving his bicycle final Saturday. Knapp was reportedly driving his bicycle when he was struck by a car, per Mike Klis of 9 Information in Denver (Knapp’s agent additionally confirmed the information to Klis of his sudden passing). Knapp was in vital situation for a number of days.
New York Jets chairman Woody Johnson launched a press release on Knapp’s passing.
“In his brief time with us, Greg had a right away affect on those that had the pleasure of spending the smallest period of time with him. His legacy just isn’t solely working with a number of the brightest quarterbacks the league has ever seen, however the numerous others throughout this world he has had an indelibly constructive affect on.”
The Knapp household additionally launched a press release (by way of the Jets).
“Right this moment at 11:32 am PST, Greg Knapp (aka Knapper) was known as again residence to Heaven, the place he shall be reunited along with his Dad.
“On Saturday, July seventeenth, 2021, Greg was struck by a automobile whereas driving his bicycle, and was rendered unconscious instantly. Greg by no means regained consciousness. He was surrounded by his mother, his spouse, his 3 daughters, and his brother.
“Greg spent 33 years teaching soccer, the primary 9 at Sacramento State (the place he additionally performed QB) and the subsequent 24 years within the NFL as an Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback Coach. He coached a whole lot of gamers, together with: Steve Younger, Jeff Garcia, Rick Mirer, Matt Schaub, Michael Vick, Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, and most lately Zach Wilson.
“These of us who have been so blessed to have identified him, know that he would have wished even this second to be a teachable one. So that is it…’Stay on daily basis as if it is your final, and love these round you prefer it will not final!'”
“Greg’s infectious persona is most individuals’s first and lasting reminiscence of him. The phrase ‘He by no means met a stranger’ encapsulates Knapper’s zest for all times. He had a singular 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 that they had extra time with him, God known as an audible and wished to go over the sport plan instantly with him. It would actually be a masterpiece, similar to Greg!”
Head coach Robert Saleh additionally launched a press release.
“Greg had such an inside peace about him that folks all the time appeared to gravitate in direction of. He lived life in a loving means that helped him join with folks from all walks of life in a singular means. In his brief time right here, I imagine the folks on this group had an opportunity to expertise that connection.”
Previous to becoming a member of the Jets this offseason, Knapp served as quarterbacks coach for the Atlanta Falcons for 3 seasons, having additionally held that function for a number of NFL groups prior — together with profitable a Tremendous Bowl with the Denver Broncos — over the course of a longstanding skilled teaching profession that features stints as offensive coordinator as properly.
Knapp is survived by his spouse, Charlotte, three daughters, Jordan, Natalie and Camille, and his brother.