Darryl Drake, the 62-year-old wide receivers coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, has died, according to WLKY-TV.
The Pittsburgh Steelers organization released the followings statement from the president of the team, 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 released this statement:
“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.”
The Steelers have cancelled their Sunday practice as a result.