49ers coaches to honor longtime colleague Knapp with stair climb before Seahawks game


SANTA CLARA — Members of the 49ers’ coaching and personnel staffs will participate pregame Sunday in the second annual Greg Knapp Stair Climb Challenge, along with Knapp’s widow, Charlotte. The event raises awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, and it carries on Greg Knapp’s tradition of running stairs before games.

Knapp was a 49ers assistant from 1995-2003 as part of a 25-year NFL coaching career, which came to a tragic end in July 2021 when he was struck by a distracted driver while cycling near his Danville home. He was set for his first season as the New York Jets’ quarterbacks coach when he died.

General manager John Lynch was among the 49ers’ crew that ran Levi’s Stadium’s steps before last December’s win over the Tampa Bay Bucs. Although Sunday’s event will occur at 9:30 a.m. before fans enter the stadium, others are encouraged to stage their own Knapp Stair Climb Challenge, with proceeds benefitting the Coach Knapp Memorial Fund, a charity focused on distracted driving awareness.

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Members of the Jets’ and Falcons’ coaching staffs took part in the Knapp Stair Climb Challenge before their game last Sunday. Other teams participating this season include the Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos and several in the college ranks, including Stanford and Knapp’s alma mater, Sacramento State.

For more information on how to participate, visit the Coach Knapp Memorial Fund’s website.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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