LATRBOBE, Pa. - UPDATE: Drake's family has released a statement about his death and thanking the Steelers organization.
Statement from Darryl Drake's family: pic.twitter.com/Tbj3jR2CMG— Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) August 12, 2019
ORIGINAL: The wide receivers coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers has died, according to Steelers President Art Rooney II. It is not clear at this point what led to the death of Darryl Drake.
Steelers WR coach Darryl Drake passed away this morning. In a statement, Art Rooney II said, "We are at a loss for words."— Chase Williams WPXI (@chasepwilliams) August 11, 2019
NFL players were reacting to the news of Coach Drake's passing on social media Sunday.
Rest In Peace Coach Drake pic.twitter.com/N6tg9h2kez— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) August 11, 2019
R.I.P Coach Drake. this was such a great man. I hate to hear the news about you leaving us but now your in a better place. Lord thank you for allowing me to know him and can your provide strength to his fam. https://t.co/RksXcuzNfk— Ryan Shazier (@RyanShazier) August 11, 2019
Thinking about you Coach Drake. Your passion, love,and laughs always meant a lot. I hope you are at peace. We miss you so much. RIP— Cam Heyward (@CamHeyward) August 11, 2019
Rip Coach Drake. So many good times & memories with you in AZ. We will miss your energy forever!— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) August 11, 2019
At a loss for words! One of my all time favorite coaches to be around. Rest easy Coach Drake— Marcus Gilbert (@MarcusGilbert88) August 11, 2019
My heart is heavy. Today Steeler Nation and the football world lost not only a good coach but a great man. RIP coach Drake. Thanks for always standing on the table for me. pic.twitter.com/kyux9O51Gh— Darrius Heyward-Bey (@theDHB85) August 11, 2019
Here is a statement in full from Rooney:
"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."
Team officials said they would not be holding their regular training camp practice Sunday or Monday. They are scheduled to be back on the field at Saint Vincent College onTuesday afternoon.
The Steelers have cancelled Monday's practice following the death of Darryl Drake. They are scheduled to be back on the field, at Saint Vincent College, Tuesday afternoon.— Chase Williams WPXI (@chasepwilliams) August 11, 2019
Head coach Mike Tomlin offered a statement, as well:
"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."
The website said Drake spent five years coaching with the Arizona Cardinals and the previous nine years with the Chicago Bears, coaching well-known players Larry Fitzgerald and Brandon Marshall.
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