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Steelers and the NFL Community Remember Darryl Drake

"Today Steeler Nation and the football world lost not only a good coach but a great man"

August 11, 2019 - 1:52 pm

PITTSBURGH  (93.7 The Fan) - Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Sunday that wide receiver coach Darryl Drake passed away at the age of 62.

Drake had coached for the Arizona Cardinals and the Chicago Bears prior to joining the Steelers. He also coached college football at Texas, Baylor, Georgia and his alma mater, Western Kentucky.  

“We are at a loss for words following Darryl Drake’s passing this morning,” team President Art Rooney II said in a statement. “Darryl had such an impact on the players he coached and everyone he worked with through his entire career. He was a passionate coach and had a tremendous spirit toward life, his family, his faith and the game of football. 

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“Our prayers and thoughts are with his wife, Sheila, his three daughters, his grandchildren and entire family during this difficult time.”

That impact was shown on social media Sunday, as many current and former Steelers players, and other members of the NFL community, shared their condolences: 

“Darryl was a close friend and had a tremendous impact on my coaching career,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement. “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.”

JuJu Smith-Schuster, Bud Dupree, Cam Heyward, and more shared smiliar sentiments: 

Was at a loss for words when I heard the news. Coach Drake was honestly my favorite coach that I’ve ever had in this game, he taught me so much about football and especially about how to go about life. Coach was an amazing role model not just for myself, but for a lot of people who he touched. I wish I could see you just one more time. 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. We all know you want us to be successful and to play to win. Thank you for all the memories and life lessons you’ve taught me. Forever in my heart! Love you man. Rest In Peace Coach Drake.

A post shared by JuJu Smith-Schuster (@juju) on

R.I.H Coach! Let’s Live Life and Take Advantage of each day! ----

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Words can’t describe the devastating loss of Coach Darryl Drake today. At Georgia, Coach Drake was my mentor and father figure. He taught me everything about the WR position. He believed in me. I’m so GRATEFUL for the relationship we had. My thoughts and prayers go out to momma Sheila and the girls. RIP, Coach. You will be missed by many.

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“Tev go be great and stop thinking so much , go be the person we know you can be “ ...Death is the last chapter in time, but the first chapter in Eternity. ----R.I.P. Coach

A post shared by Tevin Jones (@tswaggjones) on

Words can’t explain the way I feel coach! But as men you taught us to never question God’s decisions He had for us! I’m thankful for the time I had with you. We love you, and we miss you. Rest on big fella----

A post shared by James Washington (@jameswashington13) on

I’ll forever respect and remember you as a Coach and as a Man.. You changed the way I looked at Football and Life.. I’ll never forget the Bible scriptures you would read everyday to the Room.. The day you called me out in the room and said “ Crief read me John 3:16.” I started to read it off my phone and you said “ I’m gone tell your daddy you should know that.” I didnt know you Long but the time I did you Impacted my life on and off the field.. Coach Drake fly high over us and be Our Angel On and Off the field. Love you Coach.. last thing.. we will “Shut Out The Noise” #FlyHighCoachD

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The Steelers announced that they have canceled Monday's practice and that Mike Tomlin will hold a press conference on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. 

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