Member of Pittsburgh Steelers staff, former Georgia assistant, dies suddenly
A member of the Pittsburgh Steelers coaching staff, who previously coached wide receivers at Georgia in the mid-1990s, has died, the team announced.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin released a statement following the death of Darryl Drake, who was 62.
“Darryl was a close friend and had a tremendous impact on my coaching career. 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,” Tomlin said. “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.”
Drake was a longtime college and NFL coach and was entering his second season with the Steelers. He coached with the Bears from 2004 until 2012 and then with the Cardinals from 2013 to 2017 before getting hired by the Steelers. He also had coaching stops in college at Western Kentucky, his alma mater, Georgia, from 1992-96, Baylor and Texas.
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He largely coached wide receivers, or was involved in the passing game, throughout his career.
Drake coached in the Steelers preseason opener against Tampa Bay Friday night. The Steelers canceled their scheduled Sunday afternoon practice, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.