So heartbreaking! Joe McKnight was tragically murdered in Terrytown, Louisiana on Dec. 1, after a horrific road rage incident that resulted in him being fatally shot. Don’t know much about the former New York Jets player? Learn all about the star gone way too soon, here.
1.) Joe used to play for the New York Jets.
Joe McKnight‘s impressive skills allowed him to be selected in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, where he played as a running back, corner back and kick returner! Afterwards, he had a stint with the Kansas City Chiefs, then played for the Edmonton Eskimos and the Saskatchewan Roughriders, from the Canadian Football League.
2.) He was tragically killed in a road rage incident.
Joe was shot and killed in broad daylight in a New Orleans suburb on Dec. 1. Authorities told us a witness saw him attempting to apologize to another man after some sort of traffic incident. She then said the guy whipped out a gun and shot Joe, who fell to the ground. The man allegedly screamed, “I told you not to f**k with me.”
3.) Joe has an impressive background.
He attended the University of Southern California and played football for the USC Trojans. Joe grew up in Jefferson Parish, playing high school football for John Curtis Christian High School before being displaced because of Hurricane Katrina. Joe became a standout running back and was the top recruit out of the state by his senior year! He was hailed as “the next Reggie Bush.”
4.) Stars are already mourning his loss.
USC football coach Clay Helton tweeted: “Saddens me to hear the news about Joe McKnight. Our prayers go out to the McKnight family.” Reggie also commented about Joe’s death, which has shaken the community. He wrote, “RIP my brother Joe McKnight this one hurts bad.”
5.) Joe was only 28-years-old at the time of his death.
We’re so saddened by his untimely passing, but grateful to know the football star will leave behind a legacy. During his stint with the New York Jets, he scored the longest play in the team’s history after his 107-yard kickoff return on Oct. 2, 2011. And that’s just the start of it.
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