(CNN) – New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp died five days after being involved in a bicycle accident, the Knapp family announced Thursday. He was 58 years old.
Nicknamed “Knapper”, “he was called back to heaven, where he will meet his dad”, the family said in a statement.
“Those of us who were so blessed to have met him know that he would have wanted even this moment to be one of teaching,” the statement said. “So this is … ‘Live each day as if it’s your last and love those around you like it won’t last!'”
Greg Knapp collided with a single motorist on Saturday in California, according to the San Ramon Police Department. After a preliminary investigation, authorities said they do not suspect that drugs and / or alcohol were a factor in the incident. Police said the driver of the vehicle cooperated with the investigation.
San Ramón is about 30 miles east of Oakland.
Knapp was hired by the Jets to be the aerial games specialist in January after spending the past three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons as quarterbacks coach.
Knapp helped the Denver Broncos win the Super Bowl in the 2015 season when he coached quarterbacks for four seasons. The veteran coach also spent 10 seasons as offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks and the then Oakland Raiders.
A deep regret at the Jets
“Losing a loved one is always challenging, but it’s more difficult when it’s completely unexpected,” Jets head coach Robert Saleh said in a statement about Greg Knapp.
“Charlotte, Jordan, Natalie and Camille, please accept our sincere condolences. Greg had such an inner peace that people always seemed to gravitate towards her. He lived life in a loving way that helped him connect with people from all walks of life. of life in a unique way. In your short time here, I think that the people of this organization had the opportunity to experience that connection. Greg, thank you for all that you have shared with us, we will miss you brother, “Saleh wrote.
“In his short time with us, Greg had an immediate influence on those who had the pleasure of spending the least amount of time with him,” Jets president Woody Johnson said.
“His legacy is not just working with some of the brightest quarterbacks the league has ever seen, but with the countless others in this world where he has had a positive and indelible influence.”