Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake was laid to rest on Saturday in Tennessee, and his friends and colleagues from decades of coaching in the NFL and in the collegiate ranks made the trip to pay their respects.
Many NFL players, coaches and executives made the trip, despite being in the midst of their own preseason schedule.
Reported to be in attendance at Drake’s funeral were Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald; Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens, defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, run game coordinator Stump Mitchell, wide receivers coach Adam Henry and quarterbacks coach Ryan Lindley; Illinois and former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith and New York Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher.
Fitzgerald was excused from practice by Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury to speak in Drake’s honor. The Browns’ game against the Indianapolis Colts started at 4 p.m.
The Steelers play the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. at Heinz Field.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 10/28/20
Defensive captain Cam Heyward leads the defense in their preperation for the Steelers big game this Sunday with the Baltimore Ravens.
Heyward leads by example while going through a drill.
Footage courtesy Pittsburgh Steelers
Terrell Edmunds Explains New Nickname
Terrell Edmunds informs the media, including Mike Asti and Alan Saunders of Steelers Now, about his new nickname. Call him “Old Fashioned” from now on. He also expresses how feels about the current state of the Steelers, and that’s obviously includes being happy about the team’s record but also understanding the need to improve.
Steelers Week 10 Game vs. Bengals Flexed to 4:25 p.m. National Broadcast
The Steelers game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10 has been flexed into a national television broadcast slot.
The Steelers and Bengals will now kick off at Heinz Field on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 4:25 p.m. The game had originally been scheduled to kick at 1 p.m. It will be broadcast nationally on FOX. All of that weekend’s early games will be broadcast on FOX, as CBS has coverage of The Masters, which was rescheduled from this summer.
The game will be Pittsburgh’s first matchup against 2020 NFL Draft No. 1 pick, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.
The Steelers are also playing a 4:25 p.m., nationally broadcast game in Week 9 against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. That game will be televised by CBS.
That will be the second time this season the Steelers will be placed in a nation-wide television slot. The team opened the season playing on ESPN’s Monday Night Football against the New York Giants.
The Steelers’ Week 7 game against the Tennessee Titans was protected by CBS in a 1 p.m. time slot, but was broadcast nearly nationwide, with CBS only showing two other 1 p.m. games.
The Steelers will play on national television at least three more times this season: against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, Nov. 26, on Sunday Night Football against the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 13 and at the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, Dec. 21.