The Pittsburgh Steelers and the entire NFL family were shocked with the news of coach Darryl Drake's untimely passing. Drake has been coaching for the better part of four decades, spending almost 20 years in the NFL with the Bears, Cardinals and Steelers. He was set to start his second season in Pittsburgh this year.
With the news of Drake's death, players across the league have poured out their praise and love for the coach. JuJu Smith-Schuster, one of Drake's most recent players, tweeted out a touching tribute to his coach.
After working with Smith-Schuster for just one season, Drake clearly left a life-lasting impact on him. This translated to his on-field success, as Smith-Schuster earned his first Pro Bowl nod in 2018.
The Steelers cancelled their practice on Sunday and may do the same on Monday as they mourn their fallen coach. Drake was a beloved husband and father of three who will be cherished and missed throughout the game.