Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake dies at 62

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This is a 2018 photo of Darryl Drake of the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL football team. This image reflects the Pittsburgh Steelers active roster as of Friday, February 9, 2018 when this image was taken. SOURCE: AP Photo

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers announced today that wide receiver coach Darryl Drake passed away early Sunday morning. He was just 62 years old.

Drake joined the Steelers’ staff in 2018.

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 said.

Drake, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, played collegiately at Western Kentucky. He spent one season in the Canadian Football League and participated in a pair of NFL training camps before returning to Western Kentucky to pursue a master’s degree. He went into coaching as a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky in 1983, the beginning of a career that included stops in the college ranks at Georgia, Baylor and Texas.

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