Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake dies at 62

Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake dies at 62

On Sunday, the Steelers announced that wide receivers coach Darryl Drake died suddenly at the team's training camp at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The Steelers have cancelled practice on Sunday.

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. He was a passionate coach and had a tremendous spirit toward life, his family, his faith and the game of football. Our honest thoughts and prayers are with Sheila, their three daughters and the entire family. He played college football at Western Kentucky and later coached there.

Drake, 62, had been with the Steelers since replacing longtime receivers coach Richard Mann at the end of the 2017 season, following Mann's retirement. It is impossible to overstate his impact on the game in almost four decades as a coach in college and the NFL.


Drake, a Louisville, Kentucky, native who played college football at Western Kentucky University, joined the NFL as a receivers coach with the Chicago Bears in 2004.

Head coach Mike Tomlin also issued a statement, calling Drake a "close friend" who had a large impact on his coaching career. "Let faith guide us all through this incredibly hard moment... sending prayers to all of the extended Drake family, especially to his incredible wife Sheila and their handsome children". I still can't believe he's no longer with us.

One Steeler, in particular, who will look to carry on Drake's legacy is Diontae Johnson, the man Drake said he basically "fell in love with" while spending time with him prior to this year's draft (you can see Drake discuss Johnson shortly after Pittsburgh drafted him in the video at the top of this article).


Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster tweeted Sunday that Drake was "my favorite coach that I've ever had in this game". "He was a tremendous coach and even better man".

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


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