NFL Coach Greg Knapp – who was hit by a car while riding his bike over the weekend – succumbed to his injuries on Thursday, his family said. He was 58 years old.
As we previously reported, Knapp and a vehicle collided on a highway in San Ramon, California. around 2:49 p.m. on Saturday… and the coach was rushed to a nearby hospital with “serious injuries”.
Knapp tragically did not survive the crash … with the Knapp family sharing the devastating news in a statement.
“Today at 11:32 am PST, Greg Knapp (aka Knapper) has been called home to Heaven, where he will be reunited with his father.”
Knapp immediately lost consciousness after the accident … and never regained consciousness.
“Those of us who were lucky enough to have known him know that he wished even this moment was a good time to learn,” the family continued. “So this is it … ‘Live each day like it’s your last, and love those around you like it won’t last!'”
Knapp was beloved in the league – he coached superstars like Steve young, Carson palmer, Mike Vicky, Peyton manning and Matt ryan since joining the league in 1995 … and had worked with rookie QB Zach Wilson this offseason after joining Robert salehstaff as the passing game coordinator.
He won a Super Bowl as a QB coach with the Denver Broncos in 2016.
Baron clancy – who coached alongside Knapp with the Atlanta Falcons and Broncos – shared a touching tribute to his 40-year-old friend… saying, “College mate. Best friend in coaching.”
“We always made sure our lockers were side by side during our training trip … including 2 Super Bowls !!!”
“Knapper … one of a kind in many ways.”
Jets head coach Robert Saleh added … “Greg had such an inner peace in him that people always seemed to turn to him.”
“He lived his life in a loving way that helped him connect with people from all walks of life in a unique way. During his short stay here, I think the members of this organization had the chance to experience that connection. “
Knapp was surrounded by his mother, his wife, his brother and his 3 daughters in the hospital.