Jets passing game coach Greg Knapp dies from bicycle accident injuries

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Jets passing game coordinator Greg Knapp died Thursday, his alma mater, Sacramento State, announced in a news release. Knapp’s agent, Jeff Sperbeck, confirmed the terrible news.

“Today at 11:32 a.m. PT, Greg Knapp (aka Knapper) was called back home to heaven, where he will be reunited with his dad,” Sperbeck told Mike Klis of 9News. “On Saturday, July 17, 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, wife, three daughters and brother.”

Knapp was 58.

The accident remains under investigation.

“We are heartbroken over the loss of Greg Knapp,” Sacramento State head coach Troy Taylor said in a statement. “Greg was not only a great former Hornet player and coach, but one of the kindest and most generous people that I’ve ever known. His success and humility have been an inspiration to all of us here at Sacramento State. We will continue to carry on his legacy within our football program and wish his family and friends peace and comfort through this difficult loss.”

Knapp spent 23 years in the NFL coaching for seven franchises. Jets coach Robert Saleh hired Knapp this offseason after Knapp spent the previous three seasons as the quarterbacks coach with the Falcons. Knapp also has served as an offensive coordinator for the 49ers, Falcons, Raiders, Seahawks and Texans.

He was quarterbacks coach with the Broncos for four seasons, including for their most recent Super Bowl victory to end the 2015 season.

Knapp played quarterback at Sacramento State, winning the starting job in 1984, and he still is ranked eighth in school history in career passing yards (3,806) and touchdowns (32), 10th in career completions (279), tied for 10th in career pass efficiency (124.1) and 11th in career attempts (524).

34 responses to “Jets passing game coach Greg Knapp dies from bicycle accident injuries

  1. Rest In Peace. Hopefully his loved ones even in these times were able to be with him before the end.

  2. Ah no! Such awful news – I was hoping he would pull through. RIEP and peace to his family, friends and the Jets organisation.

  3. What an absolute tragedy. Thoughts and prayers to his family. RIP Coach Knapp!

  4. Terribly sad news. RIP. Wish his family well.

    Just hope an attorney doesn’t represent them and steal the family’s money. You know the at fault insurance is going to tender their limits, but attorneys have no issues stealing 33% of it.

  5. RIP what an unfortunate terrible loss. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

  6. How unfortunate to hear. As a fan of football, and not any specific team, you never like to see this happen to anyone. Rivals matter not. Best wishes to the Jets organization, family, and friends of Coach Knapp. I hope you can all lean on each other to get through this difficult time. May the Jets and Sacramento State carry on his legacy and remember him as he should be remembered.

  7. Rest in Peace Coach Knapp. My thoughts and prayers are with the Knapp Family and the NY Jets organization.

  8. So sad! Life is full of the unexpected. Greg and Bill Walsh will watch the 2021 NFL season from heaven. Condolences to the family!

  9. Look if you are in the highway and want to speed, have at it. If you are on a surface street and going 60 in a 35, stop it. Cars pull onto the street, people are walking and biking and you can’t stop quick enough if you are going that fast. And don’t text. It takes 1 second for you to kill someone and then end up in jail. RIP coach

  10. RIP, Coach Knapp. Too young to die because of someone else’s carelessness.

  11. RIP to him and his family

    He’s been a mainstay in this league since Bill Walsh gave him his 1st opportunity in SF

    God Bless

  12. fredsingleton says:
    July 22, 2021 at 6:30 pm
    Just hope an attorney doesn’t represent them and steal the family’s money. You know the at fault insurance is going to tender their limits, but attorneys have no issues stealing 33% of it.
    _____________

    A contingency fee of 33% has nothing to do with “stealing”. Most people would never be able to afford representation without the existence of contingency fees. Litigating a case like this involves employing multiple experts, all of whom the attorney pays for up front, in addition to other expenses. The attorney will not recoup any of those expenses if the case is not settled and is lost at trial. The family in this case is not responsible for any of those expenses.

  13. fredsingleton says:
    July 22, 2021 at 6:30 pm
    Just hope an attorney doesn’t represent them and steal the family’s money. You know the at fault insurance is going to tender their limits, but attorneys have no issues stealing 33% of it.
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    The typical policy limit on automobile insurance is $200,000. Many people carry much less.

    Coach Knapp was 58. He probably had a life expectancy of 20 years. His lost wages alone will total several million dollars. Add in the pain and suffering over multiple days along with other claims and the family easily has a multi-million dollar claim. Those losses will never be recovered without the representation by an attorney.

  14. A couple years ago, a friend was able to get me and my teenage son into the draft combine – we said hello to a lot of football people, but I specifically remember Greg Knapp b/c he stopped and talked QB prospects and football w my wide-eyed, diehard football fan kid for a good 10 minutes. Seemed like he did it solely because he was nice and friendly, and loved to talk football. Very sad to hear this news.

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