Greg Knapp, an assistant coach with the New York Jets, is in critical condition after a “horrific” bike accident in California.
According to reports, Knapp, who is the team’s passing game coordinator and tasked with the development of first-round pick Zach Wilson, was struck by a motorist while riding his bike over the weekend.
The 58-year-old joined the Jets in January.
“Greg is such an amazing individual, it is hard to imagine the challenge facing him and his family,” head coach Robert Saleh said in a statement released by the team. “Greg’s fun nature, kind disposition and wealth of knowledge has allowed him to make genuine connections with all of our coaches, players and staff since he has been here.
“I ask that you keep him in your prayers as we all pull for him to recover from this horrific accident.”
— New York Jets (@nyjets) July 20, 2021
Knapp has been an NFL assistant coach since 1997. He has worked with the San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Las Vegas Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans, and Denver Broncos. Knapp served as Peyton Manning’s quarterbacks coach during the Denver Broncos’ 2015 Super Bowl campaign.
“Greg is an amazing father and husband whose passion for life can be felt in all his interactions with people,” Knapp’s family said in a statement of their own. “He is our rock and biggest supporter, pushing us to all strive to better ourselves each day with constant love and inspiration.
“While 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. We ask that you continue to pray for Greg and our family during this time.”
The driver of the vehicle that struck Knapp was not believed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.