Steelers receptionist Darryl Drake went to a local hospital the night he died with a chest pain. The tests showed no abnormalities, according to Mark Kaboly of TheAthletic.com, but doctors wanted to keep Drake under surveillance overnight.
He decided to return to the training camp and attended sessions on Saturday night. Darrly Drake died overnight at the age of 62 in his dorm at St. Vincent's College in Latrobe.
The Steelers had Sunday off and canceled the training on Monday. Worked Tuesday resumed on a limited basis. The team returned to its normal schedule on Wednesday.
Against Alejandro Villaneuva, Drake has been credited with helping the team solve problems that occurred during the 2018 season.
"Last year he obviously had a pretty important role in some distractions in the locker room, and we all thought he mastered it very well, and at the end of the day he talked about the value of team and unity," said Villaneuva about Kaboly. "His voice was heard. He was definitely one of the coaches or individuals in the team who helped us survive a difficult off-season and a difficult end to the season last year. "
Last year, the Vikings lost offensive line coach Tony Sparano shortly before the start of training camp. It was an underestimated factor in the team's total battles in 2018. The Steelers must now find a way to deal with their grief after Coach Drake's death and move forward. It will not be easy in the short term. it should not be.