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AB pens tribute to late coach Darryl Drake with IG post


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Antonio Brown. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

When Steelers receivers coach Darryl Drake passed away unexpectedly Sunday, his players — past and present — were quick to offer touching tributes to honor his legacy and his impact as a coach.

But not Antonio Brown.

While Brown, who played under Drake for the Steelers in 2018, asked Twitter for help finding a new helmet and healed his gross, peeling feet, the Steelers organization mourned. Brown's lack of participation on this front, of course, drew criticism from the online world.

Wednesday, however, Brown took to Instagram to honor Drake:

Drake coached the Steelers receivers in 2018 and was tasked with balancing the tension toward the end of the season between Brown and his now-former team. On that front, Alejandro Villanueva says Drake did a phenomenal job.

“He had a pretty important role with so many distractions in the locker room,” Villanueva told reporters Wednesday in Latrobe, Pa. “We all felt he handled it very well. We thought he upheld the value of our team and the unity and helping each other out. His voice was very much heard. His values, he was definitely one of the coaches that helped us get through a tough season and a tough end of the season last year.”

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