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Former Players, Coaches Remember Darryl Drake as ‘Great Man,’ Leader, Mentor

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After the death of Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake, there was an outpouring of love and reflection on the life of the 62-year-old coach and mentor, particularly from those whose professional and personal paths crossed with Drake, who was remembered fondly as a friend and a mentor by fellow coaches and his players.

STEELERS

PRESIDENT ART ROONEY II

“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.”

HEAD COACH MIKE TOMLIN

“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.”

FORMER WR DARRIUS HEYWARD-BEY

FORMER LB ARTHUR MOATS

FORMER OL MARCUS GILBERT

FORMER PLAYER, COACH TONY DUNGY

ARIZONA CARDINALS

FORMER S TONY JEFFERSON

FORMER WR KELSEY POPE

VP OF MEDIA RELATIONS MARK DALTON

CHICAGO BEARS

FORMER LB LANCE BRIGGS

FORMER RB THOMAS JONES

FOMER FB JASON MCKIE

FORMER BROADCASTER ZACH ZAIDMAN

TEXAS

FORMER LB BRIAN ORAKPO

FORMER RB ERIC METCALF

FORMER LB DERRICK JOHNSON
SR. ASSOC. AD/MEDIA RELAIONS JOHN BIANCO

WESTERN KENTUCKY

HEAD COACH TYSON HELTON

NFL

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS GM JOHN LYNCH

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