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Steelers Wide Receivers Coach Darryl Drake Unexpectedly Passes Away at 62

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 01:  Wide Receivers coach Darryl Drake of the Arizona Cardinals arrives during the team training camp at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Arizona Cardinals Training Camp | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Some truly devastating news has formulated out of Pittsburgh.

Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake has passed away at the age of 62, the organization announced Sunday morning. Franchise president Art Rooney II released an emotional statement on the shocking tragedy.

"We are at a loss for words following Darryl Drake’s passing this morning," said Rooney. "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."

Utterly gut-wrenching.

Drake was entering his second season as the Steelers' WR coach, but that was more than enough time for his captivating personality to leave an impact on the city and organization. He was hired by Pittsburgh on Jan. 26 of 2018, just a few weeks following the conclusion of the team's season.

The Louisville, KY native had spent 14 years within the National Football League coaching ranks prior to his tenure in Pittsburgh -- five years with the Cardinals from 2013-2017, and nine years with the Bears from 2004-2012.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.