PITTSBURGH (GSM) – The Pittsburgh Steelers released a new video to galvanize support from fans for the upcoming season. Running back James Conner is seen running through Pittsburgh’s South Side on Hot Metal Bridge, the University of Pittsburgh and other parts of the city with a voiceover.
The Steelers open the 2019 season in Foxboro against the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, Sunday.
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.
PITTSBURGH (GSM) — Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin, heading into his 13th season, says it was important to, “give the young guys situational work” at Family Day in Heinz Field. Rookies such as Devin Bush (LB, Michigan) and Diontae Johnson (WR, Toledo) received significant reps during the evening’s practice. Johnson left practice with a hip injury. His condition is to be determined in the coming days.