PITTSBURGH (GSM) – The Steelers released an official statement from team president Art Rooney II and head coach Mike Tomlin about the passing of the team’s wide receivers coach Darryl Drake. He died at age 62. No cause of death has been announced at this time.
Statement from Rooney on Darryl Drake
We are at a loss for words following Darryl Drake’s passing this morning. 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.
Statement from Tomlin on Darryl Drake
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.
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.