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.