Steelers WR Coach Darryl Drake Passes Away

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The Westmoreland County Coroner's office is awaiting the result of toxicology tests to formally rule on the cause of death of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver coach Darryl Drake who was found Sunday in his dormitory room at Saint Vincent College, Coroner Ken Bacha said Monday.

"We are at a loss for words following Darryl Drake's passing this morning".

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake, who spent more than 30 years moulding some of the best players at the position at both the collegiate and professional level, has died. Darryl had such an impact on the players he coached and everyone he worked with throughout his entire career. But to those who live within the National Football League community, Drake, a longtime National Football League assistant coach who died Sunday at the age of 62, was regarded as a tremendously gifted and passionate man who left a significant impact the game.

Drake is survived by his wife, Sheila, daughters Shanice, Felisha and Marian, and two grandchildren.

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

Darryl Drake during the Pittsburgh Steelers training camp in July. We will use our faith to guide us and help his family throughout (this) hard time.

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Before becoming a coach at Georgia back in 1992, Drake spent time as a player in training camp with the Washington Redskins (1979) and the Cincinnati Bengals (1983).

Former Arizona Cardinals wide receivers coach Darryl Drake has passed away at age 62. I still can't believe he's no longer with us.

Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster tweeted Sunday that Drake was "my favorite coach that I've ever had in this game".

Former Bears linebacker Lance Briggs added on Instagram: "Shared a lot of genuine laughs with this man over my career".

"Rip Coach Drake. So many good times and memories with you in AZ". The Steelers will return to the practice field on Tuesday, and will undoubtedly have Drake on their minds as they look to continue preparations for the 2019 season.

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