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Steelers WR coach Darryl Drake passes away at age 62

Steelers WR coach Darryl Drake passes away at age 62

Sunday's news that Steelers receivers coach Darryl Drake had died at age 62 hit especially hard with a Bucs coaching staff that knew him well from five years on Bruce Arians' staff in Arizona.

The Steelers shut down training camp practice in Latrobe on Sunday to mourn the loss of one of their great coaches.

Head coach Mike Tomlin also released a statement saying Drake "had a tremendous impact on my coaching career" and echoed Rooney in saying "it is hard to put into words the grief our entire team is going through right now". "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.

Drake is survived by his wife, Shelia, and their three daughters and several grandchildren.

"Darryl loved the game of football and every player he ever coached".

Drake, the Pittsburgh Steelers receivers coach, broke into coaching in 1983 following a brief pro career as an National Football League receiver.

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Drake was in his second season in Pittsburgh and his 16th in the NFL.

Head coach Mike Tomlin called Drake a "close friend" in a statement.

The cause of death was not specified. "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 lovely children". He spent almost a decade at Western Kentucky before becoming the wide receivers coach at the University of Georgia. 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.

"Rip Coach Drake. So many good times and memories with you in AZ".

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