Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ex-Cardinals wide receivers coach Darryl Drake dies suddenly

Ex-Cardinals wide receivers coach Darryl Drake dies suddenly

Drake joined the Steelers coaching staff a year ago after five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals under Bruce Arians.

Drake coached in Arizona under then-head coach Bruce Arians. "This is hard to believe and we're all going to miss him". One of the players he recruited to Georiga was Hines Ward, who looked back on the impact Drake had on his life shortly after the news of Drake's passing broke on Sunday.

We are at a loss for words following Darryl Drake's passing this morning. "He was a tremendous coach and even better man".

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, who played under Drake in Chicago, tweeted that Drake "had a huge impact on me as a young player". While his influence would help the Cardinals reach the 2015 NFC Championship Game, Drake would probably point to his time working with future Hall of Fame wideout Larry Fitzgerald the highlight of his half-decade in Arizona.

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"Our prayers and thoughts are with his wife, Sheila, his three daughters, his grandchildren, and (his) entire family during this hard time".

"I never had the pleasure of working with Coach Drake, but listening to the stories about him, he was an unbelievable man, wonderful coach". It will be the first practice of any kind following Drake's passing. "Darryl was the former Bears wide receivers coach under Lovie Smith from 2004-12, including the 2006 Super Bowl appearance". Johnson, a former standout receiver at the University of Toledo who has shown flashes of his potential this summer during training camp, paid homage to Drake Sunday via Twitter. "I will always cherish the good times and the many laughs we had". "It made me a better husband, and it made me a better man", he said. "His players loved him". He died early Sunday and had been active in coaching the Steelers through training camp and Pittsburgh's preseason opener Friday night. The Steelers postponed Sunday's scheduled practice following the news.

Mike Tomlin will address the media at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday to discuss the situation and likely go over the team's plans moving forward without their receivers coach.

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