Former Broncos quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp passed away on Thursday after being injured in a bicycle accident the weekend prior.
Though he was a former NFL player himself, Knapp, 58, is remembered most as a coach in the league. He served as the Broncos quarterbacks coach for four seasons of his impressive 26-year tenure in the NFL, from 2013-2016. Knapp was an essential part of the Broncos' championship season in 2015, coaching Peyton Manning and the rest of the Broncos' passers to a victory in Super Bowl 50. He was also the quarterbacks coach during Manning's historic 2013 season, when the veteran QB set the current NFL single-season passing record and led the Broncos to an AFC Championship title.
"You don't stay constantly employed for 25 seasons in the NFL unless you are good at what you do, are connected and/or well-liked," Steve Wyche of NFL.com said. "Knapp covered all those bases."
Condolences poured in from around the league following news of Knapp's passing. Loved and respected by players, colleagues and media alike, Knapp, or "Knapper," as he was known to most, was remembered fondly across the NFL.
"So many of us will carry his legacy and memories forward," Wyche said. "We will speak well of him. There's actually no other way to speak of Knapper."
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As news of Knapp's passing spread through the league, there was an outpouring of love and support from the coach's current and former players, colleagues and teams.
Knapp's former QB mentees were among those to share fond memories of the coach and extend condolences to his family.
Knapp's impact on the league, and on each team he coached, cannot be overstated. Knapp and his legacy were honored by many of the organizations (along with his alma mater) where he served as a coach during his longstanding football career.