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Jet’s assistant coach Greg Knapp, 58, dies in tragic bicycle accident

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FILE - In this August 4, 2016 file photo, Greg Knapp, Denver Broncos quarterbacks coach, looks at NFL football training camp in Englewood, Colorado.  Knapp, currently an assistant coach for New York Jets, was in a

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New York Jets Assistant coach Greg Knapp passed away last weekend after being hit by a car while cycling in California. He was 58.

State of Sacramento, where Knapp played quarterback for four years before joining the coaching staff for nine years, confirmed his death on Thursday.
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“We are heartbroken by the loss of Greg Knapp,” Hornets head coach Troy Taylor said in a statement. “Greg was not only a wonderful former Hornet player and coach, but also one of the nicest and most generous people I have ever known. His success and humility are an inspiration to all of us here in the state of Sacramento. Continue his legacy within our football program and wish his family and friends peace and comfort at this great loss.”

The Knapp family has released a statement through the Jets.

FILE – In this August 4, 2016 file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback coach Greg Knapp watches during NFL football training camp in Englewood, Colorado. Knapp, currently an assistant coach for New York Jets, had a “horrific” bicycle accident last weekend in critical condition. Denver TV station 9News reported Monday evening, July 29, 2021, that Knapp was hit by a vehicle while driving in California. Agent Jeff Sperbeck confirmed to the station that the 58-year-old NFL assistant had been hospitalized. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

While cycling near his home in Danville on Saturday, Knapp was hit by a driver. According to reports at that moment, the driver of the vehicle swerved onto the cycle path. The driver, who according to the police is working with them, would have provided assistance on the spot.

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Knapp began a successful football career in Sacramento State, where he still ranks eighth in school history in career passes (3,806) and touchdowns (32). During his nearly 10 years of coaching there, Knapp received several invitations to NFL training camps.

SEPTEMBER 27: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons speaks with quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp prior to an NFL game against the Chicago Bears at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

Knapp was hired by the Jets in January as a passing game specialist. He spent 23 years as an experienced assistant coach and served as the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, and the Atlanta Falcons.

He also served as the quarterbacks coach for the Niners, Houston Texans and the Denver Broncos where he coached Peyton Manning to a Super Bowl title.

The Falcons, Broncos and Raiders also released statements.

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Knapp leaves behind a wife and three daughters.

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