NFL community reacts to Drake’s death


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Darryl Drake -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

LATROBE, Pa. -- Darryl Drake spent the better part of 20 years coaching in the NFL. Before that, he spent more than two decades coaching at the collegiate level.

He touched a lot of lives.

That's why it's not surprising that the news of his death early Sunday morning drew a lot of reactions from around the league.

Drake, 62, had served as the Steelers receivers coach since 2018 after spending five seasons with the Cardinals and nine with the Bears. He was well known in the NFL community as a no-nonsense coach, something that showed up immediately on the practice fields when he joined the Steelers.

Current and former players and coaches from across the league reacted to the news Sunday morning that Drake had died.

Former Steelers receiver, Darrius Heyward-Bey, shared a tweet thanking Drake for being his supporter, and then another one showing how he started each meeting.

Foote, a former Steelers linebacker, was on the coaching staff with Drake in Arizona.

Gilbert, a longtime starter at right tackle for the Steelers, spent the 2018 season in Pittsburgh with Drake.

A former Cardinals and current Chiefs safety safety, Mathieu expressed his regrets.

Johnson, a longtime NFL star, played at the University of Texas, where Drake was a longtime assistant coach.

Briggs was a longtime Bears star.

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