Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp dies at 58

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Greg Knapp
Greg Knapp

Greg Knapp, the Jets passing game coach, died at the age of 58 on Thursday, the team has announced.

Knapp was struck by a car while riding his bicycle last Saturday in California, and had since been in the hospital in critical condition.

"Today at 11:32 am PST, Greg Knapp (aka Knapper) was called back home to Heaven, where he will be reunited with his Dad," said a statement on Thursday from the Family of Greg Knapp.

"On Saturday, July 17th, 2021, Greg was struck by a car while riding his bicycle, and was rendered unconscious immediately. Greg never regained consciousness. He was surrounded by his mom, his wife, his 3 daughters, and his brother."

Knapp, long known around the league as a QB guru, joined the Jets this offseason to mentor rookie Zach Wilson, and has been in the NFL as a coach for the last 23 years, including stops with the San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons (twice), Las Vegas/Oakland Raiders (twice), Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans, and Denver Broncos -- the last of whom he won Super Bowl 50 with.

"Greg had such an inner peace about him that people always seemed to gravitate towards," Jets head coach Robert Saleh told NewYorkJets.com. "He lived life in a loving way that helped him connect with people from all walks of life in a unique way. In his short time here, I believe the people in this organization had a chance to experience that connection."