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Former Southern California Trojans and New York Jets running back Joe McKnight was shot to death in an apparent road rage incident outside of New Orleans, Louisiana, on Thursday after noon. He was just 28 years young.
Over his 3-year college career at Southern California that spanned from the 2007 through the 2009 seasons, McKnight played in 36 games and ran for 2,213 rushing yards on 347 carries with 13 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 66 passes for 542 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns. His career highs in a single college season were 164 rush attempts (2009), 1,014 rushing yards (2009), 8 rushing touchdown (2009), 23 receptions (2007), 203 receiving yards (2007), and 1 receiving touchdown (2007 and 2008).
Over his 4-year NFL career that he spent with the Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs, McKnight played in 41 games and ran for 505 rushing yards on 113 carries. He also caught 23 passes for 241 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns. His career highs in a single NFL season were 43 rush attempts (2011 with the Jets), 189 rushing yards (2010 with the Jets), 13 receptions (2011 with the Jets), 139 receiving yards (2011 with the Jets), and 2 receiving touchdowns (2014 with the Chiefs).
Despite not playing much in the NFL, McKnight will be missed around the league by coaches, players, and fans alike. Anytime something tragic happens and the NFL community is affected, teams and players will mourn and reflect on whoever it is that passed away, and they will do the same with Joe McKnight.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe McKnight’s friends, family, loved ones, and fans as they go through these rough times that nobody expected.