The Westmoreland County Coroner's office is awaiting the result of toxicology tests to formally rule on the cause of death of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver coach Darryl Drake who was found Sunday in his dormitory room at Saint Vincent College, Coroner Ken Bacha said Monday.
The Steelers shut down training camp practice in Latrobe on Sunday to mourn the loss of one of their great coaches.
"Darryl had such an impact on the players he coached and everyone he worked with throughout his entire career", Rooney said. "Darryl loved the game of football and every player he ever coached". Our honest thoughts and prayers are with Sheila, their three daughters and the entire family. The NFL must go on, but Darryl Drake's contributions to Pittsburgh and to the game of football will not be forgotten.
An outpouring of mourning, support and prayers were posted online Sunday by former teams, players and coaches that Drake has positively impacted, with former Indianapolis Colts head coach, Tony Dungy, calling him a "tremendous coach and an even better man".
According to the Steelers, Drake spent time in the training camps of the Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals as a player, and he played one season for the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League in 1981. It is impossible to overstate his impact on the game in almost four decades as a coach in college and the NFL. We will use our faith to guide us and help his family throughout (this) hard time.
"I'm so thankful. I was able to spend time with him, got a picture with him", said Kevin Garver, the Bucs" receivers coach and an offensive assistant under Drake in Arizona from 2013-17. "I will always cherish the good times and the many laughs we had". He made stops at Western Kentucky (1983-91), Georgia (1992-96), Baylor (1997) and Texas (1998-2003). "This is hard to believe and we're all going to miss him".
Charles Tillman, a former cornerback for the Bears, shared a heartfelt tribute to Drake on Twitter. Practice is expected to resume Tuesday.