NFL coach Greg Knapp dies after being struck by car in San Ramon


FILE – This is a 2019 file photo shows Greg Knapp of the Atlanta Falcons NFL football team. Knapp, currently a New York Jets assistant coach was in a “horrific” bicycle accident last weekend and is in critical condition. Denver TV station 9News reported that Knapp was hit by a vehicle while riding in California. Agent Jeff Sperbeck confirmed to the station the 58-year-old longtime NFL assistant was hospitalized. (AP Photo/File)

SAN RAMON, Calif. (KRON) — NFL coach and Danville resident Greg Knapp has died after he was hit by a car last weekend in San Ramon, according to Sacramento State‘s athletic department.

The 58-year-old New York Jets assistant coach was taken to a local hospital after he was struck by a car while riding his bike Saturday afternoon.

San Ramon Police Lt. Tami Williams said Knapp, who lived in Danville, was riding down Doughtery Road just north of North Monarch Road when he was hit by a car traveling in the same direction.

Lt. Williams says the driver was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Knapp was listed in critical condition at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.

Prior to being hired by the Jets, he served as offense coordinator for several NFL teams including the San Francisco 49ers, then the Oakland Raiders.

Knapp also played and coached football at Sac State. Head coach Troy Taylor issued a statement on the Hornet Sports website:

“We are heartbroken over the loss of Greg Knapp. 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.”

Troy Taylor, head coach, Sacramento State football

In a statement released by his family through the Jets, they say:

“While so many know him for his achievements as a coach, his impact as a father and husband are far greater. We are so fortunate to have him in our lives. We are sincerely thankful to all those who have continued to reach out and provide support… It has meant the world to us.”

Knapp is survived by his wife, Charlotte, and three daughters.

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