Former John Curtis Christian standout Joe McKnight was murdered in an apparent road rage incident in Terrytown Thursday. He was 28.
The incident occurred at about 3 p.m., near the intersection of Behrman Highway and Holmes Boulevard.
Jefferson Parish sheriff Newell Normand said the shooter, a 54-year-old male, is in custody.
McKnight graduated from Curtis in 2007, where he ranked among the nation’s top recruits and was named national co-player of the year by Parade Magazine. He played three seasons at Southern California after choosing the Trojans over LSU on National Signing Day. He immediately drew comparisons to former Trojan running back Reggie Bush.
RIP my brother Joe McKnight this one hurts bad
— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) December 1, 2016
McKnight was chosen in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, where he played from 2010-12 before spending 2014 with the Kansas City Chiefs. He shifted to the CFL to play for the Edmonton Eskimos and most recently, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, where he played this season. He was the Roughriders’ third-leading rusher with 228 yards and also had 11 receptions in 2016.
At Curtis, McKnight was the best player on consecutive state championship teams in 2005-06, where he was used as an all-purpose threat and accounted for 52 touchdowns in his final two seasons. Earlier this fall, he was named to Friday Night Football’s 25th anniversary team.
McKnight’s death has drawn reaction from throughout the football community, including Ed Orgeron, who was the Ole Miss head coach when McKnight was in high school and arrived at USC on Lane Kiffin’s staff just as McKnight was declaring for the NFL Draft.
I am deeply saddened by the senseless passing of Joe McKnight today. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
— Coach Ed Orgeron (@Coach_EdOrgeron) December 1, 2016
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