The Chirp: Joe McKnight (1988–2016)

Former New York Jets running back Joe McKnight was shot and killed on Thursday afternoon in the New Orleans suburb of Terrytown. A standout rusher at nearby John Curtis Christian High, McKnight, 28, went on to star at USC before being selected by the Jets in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft. Despite his abbreviated pro career, which ended abruptly in ’14 after he suffered an Achilles injury, McKnight was widely considered to be one of the finest football talents ever to come out of the state of Louisiana.

Several members of the pro and college football communities took to social media to express their grief over McKnight’s untimely death.