Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake has passed away at the age of 62. The news broke Sunday morning, and both Mr. Rooney and Coach Tomlin have released statements.
Mr. Rooney said, "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."
"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," said Coach Tomlin. "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."
No cause of death has been announced at this time.
The Steelers Sunday practice in Latrobe has been cancelled and the campus is closed to all fans.