Greg Knapp, a longtime NFL assistant coach who was hired by the Jets last January as a special for passing games, died Thursday from injuries he suffered in a bicycle accident last weekend in California. He was 58 years old.
Knapp’s family announced via the Jets that Knapp died on Thursday at 14:32 Eastern time.
“Those of us who have been so blessed to have known him know that he too would like this moment to be instructive as well. So that’s it … ‘Live each day as if it were your last and love those around you as that it won’t last! ‘”the family said in a statement.
Knappa was hit by a car on the afternoon of July 17 while riding a bicycle in San Ramon, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was hospitalized in critical condition. His family said he never regained consciousness.
San Ramon police spokeswoman Lt. Tami Williams said Tuesday (according to the Associated Press) that the driver of the car cooperated and that drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the accident.
The Jets hired Knapp in advance to be part of new head coach Robert Saleh’s staff. Knapp began his coaching career in the NFL with the 49ers in 1997. He was the offensive coordinator of the 49ers, Falcons, Raiders and Seahawks. He was a quarter-league coach for the Texans and the Broncos.
“He lived a life full of love that helped him connect in a unique way with people from all walks of life. In his short stay here, I believe people in this organization have had the opportunity to experience that connection,” Saleh said in a statement. announced the team.
Knapp was survived by his wife Charlotte; three daughters: Jordan, Natalie and Camille; and his brother.