Sunday, 25 August, 2019

Former Bears receivers coach Darryl Drake dies at 62

Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake dies suddenly at 62 Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake dies suddenly at 62
Sidney Guerrero | 13 August, 2019, 01:56

As Steelers players, coaches and others around the game of football grieve the death of wide receivers coach Darryl Drake, they won't know how or why he died for some time.

Pittsburgh cancelled practices at Saint Vincent College on both Sunday and Monday after announcing Drake's death. "The NFL coaching community lost a really good person that always took a great personal interest in the lives of the players he coached and the staff he worked with", Kitchens said in a statement. "He was a passionate coach and had a tremendous spirit toward life, his family, his faith and the game of football", Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement. Darryl Drake is survived by his wife Sheila, his three children, and their grandchildren (down the line).

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. The cause of death was not disclosed. He previously coached wide receivers for the Chicago Bears from 2004-12 and the Arizona Cardinals from 2013-2017. We will use our faith to guide us and help his family throughout (this) hard time.

Drake was entering his second season with the Steelers and had been present throughout training camp.

A great end to the weekend; a couple unsettled days this week
Saturday night , spotty storms will be possible once again, mainly in north central and northeastern Kansas. Temperatures will reach a high near 77 degrees during the day and decrease to around 55 degrees at night.

Drake spent 21 seasons coaching in college prior to entering the National Football League coaching ranks. Drake's top two receivers, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown, broke the franchise record for most combined receiving yards by a pair of teammates (2,273) in a single season.

The team said Drake, who joined the coaching staff in 2018, died early Sunday morning.

Charles Tillman, a former cornerback for the Bears, shared a heartfelt tribute to Drake on Twitter.

Mike Tomlin will address the media at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday to discuss the situation and likely go over the team's plans moving forward without their receivers coach.

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