Tyrann Mathieu, Patrick Peterson mourn death of former NFL player Joe McKnight

Dec 1, 2016, 5:08 PM

Former NFL player and USC Trojans standout Joe McKnight was shot and killed in an apparent road-rage incident Thursday in Terrytown, La., a suburb of New Orleans, according to

Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu, who is also from New Orleans, mourned the loss of McKnight, 28, who is four years his senior.

Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson and former Arizona defensive back Antonio Cromartie were among others in the NFL community who expressed their sadness after McKnight’s passing.

McKnight played in the NFL for four seasons, the first three with the Jets and then a brief stint in 2014 with the Kansas City Chiefs. For his career, he recorded 505 rushing yards on a 4.5-per carry average and added 241 receiving yards after a three-year career at USC. McKnight most recently was playing in the Canadian Football League.

He had his second-best career rushing game (143 yards) as a Trojan on Oct. 11, 2008, against Arizona State in Los Angeles.

McKnight’s younger brother, Jonathan McKnight, played cornerback for the Arizona Wildcats from 2010-14.


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