Steelers Back To Work After Shocking Death Of Coach

On Tuesday, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was shown consoling star wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster. Image: bleacherreport.com. Credit: Ed Thompson

Adam Wells, Aug 14, 2019

Bleacher Report – Emotions were high for the Pittsburgh Steelers during their first practice following the death of wide receivers coach Darryl Drake on Sunday.

Head coach Mike Tomlin said the team will honor Drake throughout the 2019 season.

“We fully intend to pay our respects to Coach Drake continuously not only in the upcoming days but this weekend when we step back into a stadium but continually as we push through this journey that is 2019.”

Drake was entering his second season in Pittsburgh. He previously worked for the Chicago Bears (2004-12) and Arizona Cardinals (2013-17). The Kentucky native also spent 21 years as an assistant for four college teams … Read more. 

No cause of death was announced for Darryl Drake, right, who died suddenly this weekend. The Steelers open the 2019 season on September 8 at New England. Clutchpoints.com

Previously …

Steelers Coach Dead Days Before Season Opener

By Reid Goldsmith, Aug 11, 2019

| Clutchpoints.com – Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin had some kind words about his team’s wide receivers coach Darryl Drake, who tragically passed away on Sunday:

“Darryl was a close friend and had a tremendous impact on my coaching career … Darryl loved the game of football and every player he ever coached.”

The 62-year-old Drake was, a longtime coach at the NFL and college levels.

Team owner Art Rooney II released a statement saying “[Drake] was a passionate coach and had a tremendous spirit toward life, his family, his faith and the game of football.”

Drake played two seasons in the NFL after attending Western Kentucky … Read more.

He Was Once in the Running to Be a Head Coach

Heavy.com – Darryl Drake coached the wide receiver position for the great majority of his career; it was also the position he played all through college at Western Kentucky University.

Drake had been coaching various positions in college from 1983-2003 when the pros came calling.

He was offered a position as wide receivers coach for the Bears when Lovie Smith took over in 2004 and transformed the team.

Drake ended up coaching the Bears’ receivers from 2004-2012, the longest tenure he ever coached with any one team.

Drake found himself coaching the Bears’ wide receivers in the Super Bowl just two seasons into his pro career.

He left the Bears in 2012, when Marc Trestman took over after the firing of Lovie Smith. Super Bowl Champ, 32, Dead Of Heatstroke

In 2009, Drake was in the running to be the head coach at Western Kentucky, but the job went to then-Stanford assistant Willie Taggart.

He remained a wide receivers coach for the rest of his career, spending four seasons in Arizona (2013-2017) and his final two seasons with the Steelers.

Read more. 

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