New York Jets Assistant coach Greg Knapp is in hospital with fatal injuries after being hit by a car while cycling in California over the weekend, according to a report.
Knapp, 58, was struck by a ‘single motorist’ shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday while cycling near his home in Danville, ESPN reported, citing the San Ramon Police Department.
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His agent Jeff Sperbeck said NBC News Tuesday that the accident happened when a driver swerved into the bike path, hitting Knapp. Sperbeck added that the driver had stopped to rescue.
Police also told ESPN that the driver involved had cooperated with law enforcement.
Jets coach Robert Saleh issued a statement Tuesday calling it a “horrible accident” and called on people to keep Knapp “in your prayers.”
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“Greg is such an amazing person, it’s hard to imagine the challenge he and his family face,” declaration Lily. “Greg’s fun nature, kindness and wealth of knowledge have allowed him to form a real bond with all of our coaches, players and staff since he’s been here. I ask you to keep him in your prayers as we all shoot for him to recover from this horrific accident. “
The Knapp family also released a statement thanking those who contacted them.
“Greg is an amazing father and husband whose passion for life is reflected in all of his interactions with people. He is our rock and our greatest supporter, inspiring us all to strive to improve ourselves every day with constant love and inspiration. Although many know him. for his accomplishments as a coach, his impact as a father and husband is much greater. We are so lucky to have him in our lives. We are sincerely grateful to all who have continued to reach out and provide support – it has meant the world to us. We ask you to continue to pray for Greg and our family during this time. “
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Knapp was hired as a Jets passing specialist by Saleh in January. He is a highly respected attacking coach in the NFL, having worked for the San Francisco 49ers, the Raiders, the Seattle Seahawks, Texans de Houston, Denver Broncos, and more recently the Falcons d’Atlanta.
He was due to report the installation of the Jets in Florham Park, New Jersey, next week for training camp.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.