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Former Cardinals wide receivers coach Darryl Drake passes away at the age of 62

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Pittsburgh Steelers’ President Art Rooney II released a statement on the passing of their wide receivers coach Darryl Drake

Drake was entering his second season with the Steelers. In his first season coaching in Pittsburgh, the team had one of the best passing attacks in the NFL. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger set a career-high in passing yards (5,129) and JuJu Smith-Schuster had a breakout sophomore season with 111 catches (1,426 yards).

Let’s not forget the impact he has had on the Arizona Cardinals. Larry Fitzgerald went on to have three consecutive 100-catch seasons (2015-17). Former Cardinals Michael Floyd and John Brown posted their only 1000-yard season of their careers with Drake.

Not only did he coach Fitzgerald, he has also coached the likes Antonio Brown and Brandon Marshall. He has been a part of three teams as a coach (Bears, Cardinals, Steelers) but was also an NFL player for the Washington Redskins (1979) and the Cincinnati Bengals (1983).

He spent 21 years coaching in the college ranks prior to being an NFL coach.

Here are some of the reactions around the league of his passing:

He had such a big impact on the game and made all the people around him better. We send our prayers to his wife and his entire family.

Rest in peace Darryl Drake. You will be missed.