NFL players and coaches alike are voicing their support for Greg Knapp, after the Jets assistant coach was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle.
Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson — who has worked closely with Knapp, a newly acquired pass-game specialist, since being drafted — said, “Life is a precious thing,” in reaction to the news on Instagram.
Wilson also re-shared a statement released by the Jets on social media. The BYU product worked primarily with Knapp during OTA practices and the Jets’ minicamp in spring after he was selected second overall by the Jets in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Knapp, 58, is in critical condition, fighting for his life at a California hospital, 9News in Denver reported Tuesday. His injuries, which were unspecified, are described as serious.
Mekhi Becton, an offensive tackle for the Jets, tweeted, “Praying for coach and his family as well!!!”
Jets linebacker Bryce Huff commented a prayer hands emoji under coach Robert Saleh’s statement, shared by the team’s official Instagram. Cornerback Zane Lewis wrote, “prayers up,” with two of the same emojis.
“Greg is such an amazing individual it is hard to imagine the challenge facing him and his family,” Saleh said in wake of the tragic accident. “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,” he continued, before asking for prayers.
In a separate statement, the Jets also asked for prayers and thanked those who’ve reached out to provide support.
“Greg is an amazing father and husband whose passing for life can be felt in all his interactions with people,” the statement read. “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.”