This is so devastating! NFL stars and coaches alike are mourning the shocking road rage murder of former New York Jets player Joe McKnight. Keep reading for what Reggie Bush, Odell Beckham Jr. and even his former coach Pete Carroll had to say about his tragic passing.
So heartbreaking! Former NFL player Joe McKnight‘s life was cut short at just 28-years-old when a 54-year-old man opened fire and shot him to death following an alleged road-rage incident Dec. 1. His death seems particularly senseless as witnesses saw him apologizing to the other driver, who pulled out a gun a shot him twice, leaving the former New York Jets running back to die at the scene in Terrytown, LA, a suburb of his native New Orleans.
Joe was one of the most promising high school prospects in the nation back in 2005, and was heavily recruited to stay in Louisiana and play for LSU. But it was the University of Southern California Trojans who won over the running back, and his college head coach Pete Carroll took to Twitter to share his grief about Joe’s sudden death.
Deeply saddened by the loss of Joe McKnight. This is a terrible tragedy. Everyone loved Joe and we are going to really miss him.
— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) December 2, 2016
When Joe was a freshman at USC, many called him “The next Reggie Bush,” comparing his amazing skills to that of the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner from the Trojans. The man whose shoes he tried to fill immediately took to his Twitter account upon hearing the news to share his grief.
RIP my brother Joe McKnight this one hurts bad
— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) December 1, 2016
After three years with the Trojans, Joe entered the NFL draft and was picked up by the New York Jets. He spent three years with the team and was beloved by his fellow players for his upbeat personality and sense of humor. The team remembered their former running back with a touching tribute.
Rest in peace, Joe McKnight.
Our thoughts and condolences are with his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/vtEihPomt9
— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 1, 2016
Joe was released from the Jets in 2013, but was picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs for the 2014 season. He had a promising start there before he tore his Achilles’ tendon, putting an end to his time with the team. They remembered him in memoriam after the news of his murder.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe McKnight and his family.
This is a heartbreaking loss.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 1, 2016
Both current and former NFL stars took to their social media to mourn Joe’s senseless murder, including New York Giants standout Odell Beckham Jr. 24. His ex NY Jets teammates Antonio Cromartie, 32 and Ladainian Tomlinson, 37, also shared how devastated they are by his loss.
Just got a message saying my former teammate Joe McKnight was killed today. This hurt to the heart. I can't stop crying. #RestInPeace
— ANTONIO CROMARTIE (@CRO31) December 1, 2016
— LaDainian Tomlinson (@LT_21) December 2, 2016
RIP Joe McKnight! Something has to change this ain't righ, his family is in my prayers. #StopTheViolence
— Todd Gurley II (@TG3II) December 1, 2016
— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) December 2, 2016
Our thoughts and condolences go out to Joe’s family and loved ones in this terrible time.