FIU head coach Mike MacIntyre remembered Knox as a caring and committed member of the team, saying he admired Knox’s passion for the sport, but “his true 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 continually be in my heart and in my prayers during this difficult time,” said MacIntyre in a statement.

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 the Nashville suburb of Brentwood, Tennessee.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott started a press conference Thursday in expressing his condolences to the Knox family.

“Our thoughts are with Dawson and his family during this time, and we are here with him and supporting him and his family,” McDermott said. “Just tragic news I woke up to this morning. We love and support him.”

Lane Kiffin, the head football coach at the University of Mississippi, also posted a tribute to Knox. on Twitter.

“There are heavy hearts in our football team following the passing of Luke Knox,” it read. “I’m very grateful for my personal relationship and time spent with Luke. He was a great teammate and an even better person who uplifted 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 have the support they need.”

Knox has contributed to the University of Mississippi as a linebacker, tight end and on special teams, according to his profile on the FIU sports site. In his 2021 season with Ole Miss, he played in seven games and recorded 11 tackles.

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