Former Star Running Back Joe McKnight Shot Dead at 28

Former USC and New York Jets running back Joe McKnight was shot and killed at an intersection outside of his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana on the afternoon of December 1st. According to ESPN and Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand, McKnight was shot in an apparent road rage incident by 54-year old Ronald Gasser. Though the number of times McKnight was shot remains unspecified, according to Jefferson Parish sheriff’s spokesman Col. John Fortunato, McKnight did not have a weapon in his possession.

McKnight played for the University of Southern California Trojans from 2007-2009 under current Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. He often drew comparisons to former Trojans star running back Reggie Bush. McKnight went on to spend three seasons with the New York Jets after being drafted by them in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. Then, after a brief stint with the Kansas City Chiefs, McKnight played in the Canadian Football League and saw action in five games, rushing for 228 yards on 38 carries, per ESPN.

Many of McKnight’s former friends and teammates took to Twitter to express their condolences, including Antonio Cromartie, Reggie Bush, Pete Carroll, and Tyrann Mathieu.

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