Joe McKnight (1988 - 2016)

Joe McKnight, a former NFL running back, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in a road-rage shooting in the New Orleans suburb of Terrytown, Louisiana, according to multiple news sources, including NOLA.com / The Times-Picayune. He was 28.

In 2010, McKnight was a fourth-round draft pick by the New York Jets. He made his NFL debut in October of that year. He scored his first NFL touchdown Oct. 2, 2011, returning a kickoff for 107 yards, which was the longest play in his team's history.


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McKnight was born April 16, 1988, in Kenner, Louisiana. He played college football with the University of Southern California Trojans.

After playing for the Jets from 2010 to 2012, he played for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014. After his NFL career, he played for a couple of Canadian Football League teams, most recently with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, which he joined in September of this year. In an October game, just weeks before his death, he rushed for 150 yards on 17 carries in his CFL debut as a starting player.

Former teammates of McKnight shared their condolences in posts on social media platforms.

"Just got a message saying my former teammate Joe McKnight was killed today," Antonio Cromartie tweeted. "This hurt to the heart. I can't stop crying. #RestInPeace"

Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, who also played with McKnight, wrote, "Can't believe my boy gone S.I.P Joe McKnight."

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