The Pittsburgh Steelers announced heartbreaking news this morning, as a veteran assistant coach has passed away.
Darryl Drake, the team’s wide receivers coach, died Sunday morning.
Pittsburgh released the following statement:
We are at a loss for words following Darryl Drake’s passing this morning. Darryl had such an impact on the players he coached and everyone he worked with throughout his entire career. He was a passionate coach and had a tremendous spirit toward life, his family, his faith and the game of football.
Our prayers and thoughts are with his wife, Sheila, his three daughters, his grandchildren and entire family during this difficult time.
Drake, 62, played in the NFL and the CFL from 1979-82. The Western Kentucky alum began his coaching career at his alma mater in 1983. He was at WKU until 1991, before leaving for Georgia.
The veteran NFL coach joined the league’s coaching ranks in 2004. He was the Bears’ wide receivers coach from 2004-12. He had the same position in Arizona from 2013-17. Drake was hired by Pittsburgh in 2018.
Statement from #Steelers President Art Rooney II on the passing of Darryl Drake.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 11, 2019
Our thoughts are with Drake’s friends and family.
May he rest in peace.