"He was an fantastic husband, father and grandfather, and it is hard to put into words the grief our entire team is going through right now", said Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin in a statement released by the team. Darryl had such an impact on the players he coached and everyone he worked with throughout his entire career.
Drake is survived by his wife Sheila, three daughters and his grandchildren.
Drake, who was in his second year as Steelers.
"Darryl was a close friend and had a tremendous impact on my coaching career", said Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.
"He was an fantastic husband, father and grandfather, and it is hard to put into words the grief our entire team is going through right now", he said.
Drake was well-liked by the Steelers, where he was remembered for his one-liners in practice, including "don't drag the toe, click it" when coaching wide receivers to stay in bounds during drills.
The Steelers said the team's scheduled practice on Sunday at Saint Vincent College was canceled. The cause of death was not disclosed. He began his coaching career in 1983 with Western Kentucky. The NFL must go on, but Darryl Drake's contributions to Pittsburgh and to the game of football will not be forgotten. "Let faith guide us all through this incredibly hard moment... sending prayers to all of the extended Drake family, especially to his incredible wife Sheila and their attractive children". His passing is an unexpected tragedy, and one that will not soon be easy for family members, players, and coaches to overcome.
Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster tweeted Sunday that Drake was "my favorite coach that I've ever had in this game".
Other Pittsburgh players, as well as other National Football League teams and players, also reacted to news of Drake's death on social media.
Drake, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, played collegiately at Western Kentucky. "He was a tremendous coach and even better man".