FIU Football Player And Brother Of NFL’s Dawson Knox Luke Knox, Dies At Age 22

FIU Football Player And Brother Of NFL’s Dawson Knox Luke Knox, Dies At Age 22

Updated on August 19, 2022 18:22 PM by Anna P

Florida International University football player Luke Knox, the younger brother of Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox, has died, the school's athletics department said Thursday. The university did not provide Knox's cause of death but expressed sorrow and support for the player's teammates, family, and friends. He was 22 years old.

FIU head coach Mike MacIntyre remembered Knox as a caring and dedicated staff member, saying he admired Knox's ardor for the game; however,

I will always remember his genuine love for his family and teammates.

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He had a special way of making everyone around him feel comfortable and confident. Luke's family is special to me, and they will continually be in my heart and my prayers during this difficult time, MacIntyre mentioned in an announcement.

MacIntyre also coached Knox at the University of Mississippi, where the linebacker spent four years earlier than transferring to FIU.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott began a press conference Thursday expressing condolences for the Knox family. Knox's older brother, Dawson Knox, also played for Ole Miss before joining the Bills in 2019. The Knox brothers are from the Nashville suburb of Brentwood, Tennessee.

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Just tragic news that I woke up to this morning. Our hearts go out to Dawson and his family during this time, and we're right there with him and supporting him and his family, McDermott said. 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.

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There are heavy hearts throughout our football team after the passing of Luke Knox, it reads. I am very grateful for my relationship and time spent with Luke. He was a tremendous teammate and an even better person who lifted everyone around him.

FIU Athletics said that coaches and support staff have reached out to our football family and will continue to ensure our student-athletes have the support they need.

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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 seven games and recorded 11 tackles.

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