Luke Knox in an October 2019 game with the University of Mississippi, where he played from 2018 to 2021. (CNN) — Florida International University football player Luke Knox, younger brother of Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox has died, the school’s athletic department said Thursday. He was 22 years old. The university did not provide a cause of Knox’s death, but expressed sorrow and support for the player’s teammates, family and friends. College head coach Mike MacIntyre remembered Knox as a caring and committed team member, saying he admired Knox’s passion for the game, but “his genuine love for his family and teammates is what always I 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 be continually in my heart and prayers during this difficult time,” MacIntyre said in a statement. MacIntyre also coached Knox at the University of Mississippi, where the linebacker spent four years before transferring. 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 began a news conference Thursday by expressing his condolences for the Knox family. “Our hearts go out to Dawson and his family during this time, and we are there with him and supporting him and his family,” McDermott said. “Just tragic news that I woke up to this morning. We love and support him.” Lane Kiffin, head football coach at the University of Mississippi, also posted a tribute to Knox on Twitter. “There are heavy hearts throughout our football team after the passing of Luke Knox,” he read. “I am very grateful for my personal relationship and the time I spent with Luke. He was a tremendous teammate and an even better person who encouraged everyone around him.” FIU Athletics said in a statement that “coaches and support staff have reached out to our soccer family and will continue to do so to ensure our student-athletes have the support they need.” Knox contributed to the University of Mississippi as a linebacker, tight end and on special teams, according to his profile on the university’s sports site. In his 2021 season with Ole Miss, he played in seven games and recorded 11 tackles.
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