Pittsburgh Steelers WRs coach Darryl Drake dies at 62

Ross Houston
August 12, 2019

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver's coach Darryl Drake, 62, passed away this morning.

Pittsburgh's practice on Sunday at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania was cancelled.

Both teams remembered their late coach, with the Bears writing on Twitter, "Today we mourn the untimely passing of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake".


"I can't put into words the impact that Darryl had one me...he was my position coach for 5 years, and he's been one of the greatest mentors and friends in my life since we met", Fitzgerald wrote. "He was a passionate coach and had a tremendous spirit toward life, his family, his faith and the game of football", Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement.

"Let faith guide us all through this incredibly hard moment...sending prayers to all of the extended Drake family, especially to his incredible wife Sheila and their lovely children". "He was an awesome husband, father and grandfather, and it is hard to put into words the grief our entire team is going through right now".

Before becoming a coach at Georgia back in 1992, Drake spent time as a player in training camp with the Washington Redskins (1979) and the Cincinnati Bengals (1983).


Drake became an National Football League coach back in 2004. He played college football at Western Kentucky and later coached there. "Let faith guide us all through this incredibly hard moment... sending prayers to all of the extended Drake family, especially to his incredible wife Sheila and their handsome children".

Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster tweeted Sunday that Drake was "my favorite coach that I've ever had in this game". "I will always cherish the good times and the many laughs we had". "This is hard to believe and we're all going to miss him".

The Cardinals issued a statement via social media as well.


Drake was headed into his second season with the Steelers.

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