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Darryl Drake (December 11, 1956 – August 11, 2019) was an American football player and coach. His career spanned four decades, including stints as the wide receivers coach of the Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, and Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL).

Darryl Drake
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Drake in 2014
Personal information
Born:(1956-12-11)December 11, 1956
Louisville, Kentucky
Died:August 11, 2019(2019-08-11) (aged 62)
Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Height:5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Career information
High school:Louisville (KY) Flaget
College:Western Kentucky
Undrafted:1979
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
  • Western Kentucky (1983–1984)
    Graduate assistant
  • Western Kentucky (1985–1988)
    Wide receivers coach
  • Western Kentucky (1989–1990)
    Defensive backs coach
  • Western Kentucky (1991)
    Quarterbacks coach
  • Georgia (1992–1996)
    Wide receivers coach
  • Baylor (1997)
    Offensive coordinator & quarterbacks coach
  • Texas (1998–2002)
    Wide receivers coach
  • Texas (2003)
    Associate head coach & wide receivers coach
  • Chicago Bears (2004–2012)
    Wide receivers coach
  • Arizona Cardinals (2013–2017)
    Wide receivers coach
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (2018–2019)
    Wide receivers coach

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College careerEdit

Drake played wide receiver for Western Kentucky University from 1975 to 1978.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Drake played wide receiver for three professional teams, the Washington Redskins in 1979, the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1981, and the Cincinnati Bengals in 1983.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

Drake coached at the collegiate level for 21 years. He joined the Chicago Bears coaching staff on February 6, 2004.[1] On January 17, 2013, Drake was not retained by new head coach Marc Trestman.[2] He later spent five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals before joining the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Drake and his wife, Sheila, had three daughters. He died on August 11, 2019, at the age of 62. The official cause of death is still to be determined.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Chicago Bears". Chicagobears.om. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  2. ^ Mayer, Larry (January 17, 2013). "Trestman in process of assembling coaching staff". Chicago Bears. Archived from the original on January 20, 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
  3. ^ Klinger, Jacob (January 20, 2018). "Steelers hire Darryl Drake as receivers coach: report". The Patriot-News. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "Steelers WR coach Darryl Drake dies at age of 62". NFL.com. August 11, 2019. Retrieved August 11, 2019.

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