NEW YORK -- New York Jets adjunct manager Greg Knapp died Thursday of injuries suffered successful an mishap erstwhile helium was struck by a car portion riding a bicycle Saturday adjacent his location successful California. He was 58.
Knapp's household released a connection done the squad that the longtime NFL adjunct manager died astatine 2:32 p.m. EDT.
"Greg Knapp (aka Knapper) was called backmost location to Heaven, wherever helium volition beryllium reunited with his Dad," the connection said.
The household said successful the connection that Knapp ne'er regained consciousness aft being deed by the car successful the metropolis of San Ramon successful the San Francisco Bay Area.
He was surrounded by woman Charlotte, daughters Jordan, Natalie and Camille, his parent and member erstwhile helium died.
"Greg's infectious property is astir people's archetypal and lasting representation of him," the household said. "The phrase, 'He ne'er met a stranger' encapsulates Knapper's zest for life. He had a unsocial acquisition to marque everyone consciousness special, and to Knapper, they each were.
"While his family, friends and players inactive had truthful overmuch to larn from him and desperately wished they had much clip with him, God called an audible and wanted to spell implicit the crippled program straight with him. It volition surely beryllium a masterpiece, conscionable similar Greg!"
Knapp, who lived successful Danville, California, was hired by the Jets successful January arsenic portion of caller manager Robert Saleh's staff, serving arsenic the passing-game specialist.
"The nonaccomplishment of a loved 1 is ever a challenge, but is harder erstwhile it is wholly unexpected," Saleh said successful a connection issued by the team. "Charlotte, Jordan, Natalie and Camille, delight judge our astir sincere condolences. Greg had specified an interior bid astir him that radical ever seemed to gravitate towards. He lived beingness successful a loving mode that helped him link with radical from each walks of beingness successful a unsocial way. In his abbreviated clip here, I judge the radical successful this enactment had a accidental to acquisition that connection.
"Greg, convey you for each that you person shared with us. You volition beryllium missed, brother."
Among Knapp's superior roles with the Jets was to assistance make backmost Zach Wilson, the No. 2 wide draught pick.
"Man this is hard," Wilson wrote connected Instagram. "Huge interaction connected my beingness successful lone a fewer months. Love you manager Knapper."
Knapp was well-liked and respected successful NFL circles and helium established himself arsenic a backmost guru and 1 of the league's apical offensive-minded coaches. Among the different quarterbacks helium coached during his vocation were Steve Young, Jeff Garcia, Rick Mirer, Matt Schaub, Michael Vick, Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan.
Several of Knapp's erstwhile teams and players posted tributes and sent condolences to the coach's household connected societal media.
"From all-time greats similar Peyton Manning to young players conscionable starting their careers, Greg was a trusted confidant and the precise explanation of a 'quarterback whisperer,'" the Denver Broncos said successful a statement. "More importantly, the connections and friendships helium forged with players, coaches and unit - arsenic good arsenic their families - were genuine and special."
After a nine-year stint arsenic an adjunct astatine Sacramento State, wherever helium besides played quarterback, Knapp got his archetypal NFL occupation with San Francisco successful 1997 arsenic an violative prime power manager nether Steve Mariucci. He was promoted to quarterbacks manager 2 years aboriginal and became the 49ers' violative coordinator successful 2001.
Knapp joined Jim Mora's unit successful Atlanta arsenic the violative coordinator successful 2004, and served successful the aforesaid capableness for Oakland (2007-08 and 2012) and Seattle (2009). He besides had stints arsenic the quarterbacks manager for Houston (2010-11), Denver (2013-16) - wherever helium helped Manning acceptable single-season passing records successful 2013 - and astir precocious successful a 2nd stint with the Falcons (2018-20).
"He was a tremendous shot manager who achieved astatine the highest levels of our game, but much importantly helium was a fantastic idiosyncratic who had the love, admiration and respect of those who were blessed to enactment with him," Falcons proprietor and president Arthur Blank said successful a statement. "He was ever a affirmative beingness with the Falcons and carried that optimistic tone with him each time portion moving with our coaches, players and unit connected and disconnected the field. He volition beryllium profoundly missed."
Knapp had been expected to person a cardinal relation successful helping violative coordinator Mike LaFleur and quarterbacks manager Rob Calabrese thatch and make Wilson arsenic the 21-year-old QB adjusts to NFL beingness arsenic the apt starter for the Jets this season.
"His bequest is not lone moving with immoderate of the brightest quarterbacks the league has ever seen, but the countless others crossed this satellite helium has had an indelibly affirmative power on," Jets president Woody Johnson said successful a statement.
Knapp's household acceptable up a leafage connected CaringBridge to let loved ones and friends to station photos, memories oregon notes. Funeral arrangements were inactive pending.
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