Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

Steelers WR coach Darryl Drake passes away at age 62

Darryl Drake the Bears wide receivers coach from 2004-12 dies at 62 Steelers WRs coach Drake dies suddenly at 62
Shannon Reynolds | 12 August, 2019, 10:41

"We are at a loss for words following Darryl Drake's passing this morning".

He moved on to the same position with the Arizona Cardinals in 2013 before joining Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin's staff in 2018.

Darryl Drake was a close friend to many in the Steelers facility, and remained close with many in the Cardinals and Bears facilities. "He was an wonderful husband, father and grandfather, and it is hard to put into words the grief our entire team is going through right now".

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake died Sunday morning at the age of 62, the team confirmed in a news release.

Drake was a highly respected coach whose football career spanned five decades, starting as a collegiate player for Western Kentucky University in 1975, before playing wide receiver for the Washington Redskins, the Ottawa Rough Riders and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Drake spent 21 seasons coaching in college prior to entering the National Football League coaching ranks.

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Drake, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, played collegiately at Western Kentucky. "Today Steeler Nation and the football world lost not only a good coach but a great man. RIP coach Drake. 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 attractive children". "It won't be the same out there on the field, in meetings, and I'm gonna miss all those long talks we used to have".

Lance Briggs, a former linebacker on the team, also chimed in, writing on Instagram, "Shared a lot of genuine laughs with this man over my career".

A cause of death was not specified in a statement from Steelers president Rooney.

If you knew anything about Drake, his word was his bond. His passing is an unexpected tragedy, and one that will not soon be easy for family members, players, and coaches to overcome.

Drake is survived by his wife, Sheila, daughters Shanice, Felisha and Marian as well as two grandchildren.

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