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Long-time NFL coach and Danville resident Greg Knapp, who was struck by a car while riding his bicycle in San Ramon on July 17, died at a hospital Thursday morning.
Knapp, 58, was riding north on Dougherty Road when he was struck by a car headed in the same direction roughly a quarter-mile north of North Monarch Road, according to San Ramon police.
Knapp was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek but never regained consciousness, according to a statement from his family.
The 22-year-old man who struck Knapp remained at the scene of the collision and is cooperating with investigators, police said.
Drugs or alcohol are not suspected of playing a part in the collision.
Knapp started his 33-year professional coaching career with Sacramento State University, where he spent nine years and where he also played quarterback as a student, according to a family statement posted on the New York Jets’ website.
His final NFL job was with the Jets, where he was a quarterbacks coach and passing game specialist.
“Greg had such an inner peace about him that people always seemed to gravitate towards,” Jets Head Coach Robert Saleh said in a statement. “He lived life in a loving way that helped him connect with people from all walks of life in a unique way.”
Knapp coached for several NFL teams during his career, including the San Francisco 49ers, the then-Oakland Raiders, the Seattle Seahawks, the Atlanta Falcons and the Denver Broncos, serving variously as a quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, according to the Jets.
He also worked with an impressive list of marquee players, including Steve Young, Jeff Garcia, Matt Schaub, Michael Vick, Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan.
“While his family, friends, and players still had so much to learn from him and desperately wished they had more time with him, God called an audible and wanted to go over the game plan directly with him,” his family’s statement reads, in part.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, three daughters, Jordan, Natalie and Camille, and his brother.
People can visit Knapp’s tribute page on Caring Bridge to post photos, memories or notes to his family and to get information for Knapp’s service.