Remembering Darryl Drake

By Brandon J. Wallace


As many of you have heard, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver coach, Darryl Drake passed on Sunday at the age of 62. He is survived by his wife Sheila, and three daughters. Our deepest condolences are with them and the rest of their family.

“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.” – Steelers President Art Rooney II.

Steelers Head Coach, Mike Tomlin originally brought in Drake back in 2018 to replace Richard Mann who ended up retiring. Drake went to Western Kentucky University and spent time in the NFL with the Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals as a wide receiver. He joined the Chicago Bears coaching staff in February 2004, and later spent five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals before joining the Steelers.

“Last year, even our rollercoaster of a season that we had, as the new guy he was the one who brought it all together,” said Heyward-Bey. “I don’t know if anyone is going to speak on this, but I am. Coach Drake is the one who held a team meeting with just the players that helped us through the dysfunction we had going on at the end of the year. For him to take a stand and be a leader as the new guy on the coaching staff, that speaks volumes about the type of person he was.” –

Today and forever, we remember Coach Drake and what he meant to the organization. RIP Coach.



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