FIU head coach Mike MacIntyre remembered Knox as a caring and dedicated member of the team and said he admired Knox’s passion for the sport, but “his genuine love for his family and teammates is what I will always remember.”
“He had a special way of making everyone around him feel comfortable and confident. Luke’s family is special to me, and they will always be in my heart and prayers during this difficult time,” MacIntyre said in a statement. declaration.
MacIntyre also coached Knox at the University of Mississippi, where the linebacker spent four years before transferring to FIU.
Knox’s older brother, Dawson Knox, also played for Ole Miss before joining the Bills in 2019. The Knox brothers are from Brentwood, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville.
Bill’s head coach Sean McDermott started a press conference
Thursday by expressing condolences to the Knox family.
“Our hearts go out to Dawson and his family at this time, and we are with him and support him and his family,” McDermott said. “Just tragic news that woke me up this morning. We love him and we support him.”
Lane Kiffin, the University of Mississippi’s head football coach, also posted a tribute to Knox on Twitter
“The heart of our football team is heavy after the passing of Luke Knox,” it read. “I am very grateful for my personal relationship and the time I spent with Luke. He was a great teammate and an even better person who lifted everyone around him.”
FIU Athletics said in a statement that “coaches and support staff have reached out to our football family and will continue to do so to ensure our student athletes receive the support they need.”
According to his profile on the FIU sports site, Knox contributed to the University of Mississippi as a linebacker, a tight end and on special teams. In his 2021 season with Ole Miss, he played in seven games and recorded 11 tackles.