Steelers WR Coach Daryl Drake dies

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver coach Daryl Drake has died. He was 62.

The cause of death is unknown at this time. The team cancelled practice due to his death.

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“We are at a loss for words following Darryl Drake’s passing this morning,” Steelers owner Art Rooney II said. “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 was entering his second season with the Steelers before his death. Prior to accepting a job with the Steelers, he was the Arizona Cardinals Wide Receivers Coach from 2013 through 2017.

“Darryl was a close friend and had a tremendous impact on my coaching career,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said. “He was an amazing husband, father and grandfather, and it is difficult to put into words the grief our entire team is going through right now.

“Darryl loved the game of football and every player he ever coached. We will use our faith to guide us and help his family throughout the difficult time. My heart and our prayers are with his wife, Sheila, and Darryl’s entire family.”

He also was the Chicago Bears Wide Receivers Coach from 2004 through 2012. In 2003, he was the Texas Longhorns Associate Head Coach/Wide Receivers Coach.

The Louisville, Kentucky native also was the Longhorns Wide Receivers Coach from 1998 through 2002. He also was the Baylor Bears Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach in 1997.

He was the Georgia Bulldogs Wide Receivers Coach from 1992 through 1996. He also was the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Quarterbacks Coach in 1991.

Drake also served as the Hilltoppers Defensive Backs Coach in 1989 and 1990. He also served as the Hilltoppers Wide Receivers Coach from 1985 through 1988.

He began his coaching career as the Hilltoppers Graduate Assistant in 1983 and 1984.

In 1979, he was an undrafted free agent after playing for the Hilltoppers in college.

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