Of course, being a 350-pound-plus nose tackle made it resonate, but it’s also a working man’s meal, and Knighton was willing to do the grunt work then and now.
His job with the Panthers is the absolute entry-level position on an NFL coaching staff, as he learns to communicate what he knew as a player.
Knighton spent the last three years coaching at Wagner, learning the basics of coaching at the FCS level, far from the catered flights of the NFL. And his connection with Panthers head coach Matt Rhule (once his position coach at Temple) earned him a shot to take a step up.
(For the record, Rhule refers to him simply as “T,” since their Temple days were pre-Pot Roast.)
“It’s just like anything else, when you’re the best midget football player, you go to high school and you’re