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stlrz d
08-21-2008, 07:26 AM
http://www.postchronicle.com/news/origi ... 6564.shtml (http://www.postchronicle.com/news/original/article_212166564.shtml)


Gene Upshaw Dead: Hall of Famer, NFLPA Exec Dies From Cancer At 63
by Mike Baron


Gene Upshaw's death has been confirmed. Gene Upshaw, the longtime NFLPA executive director and a Hall of Fame NFL football player,
has died of complications from Pancreatic Cancer.

Upshaw, a former 11-time All-Pro offensive lineman, had been fighting the disease and has now succumbed to it, according to recent reports.

Gene Upshaw, 63, was the longest-tenured labor leader in sports. He played with the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders from 1967 until 1981. He was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and an 11-time All-Pro.

frankthetank1
08-21-2008, 07:40 AM
wow thats really sad. i actually grew up with his nephew and his father willie played for the blue jays and indians and was a pretty good ball player. the upshaws are really a great family.

MeetJoeGreene
08-21-2008, 08:34 AM
That is really a shame.

I have a sinking feeling that someday (maybe not too far off) folks will look back on the Taglibue/Upshaw era as the Golden Age of the NFL.

kennyes
08-21-2008, 11:02 AM
Who saw this coming?! Apparently it was a recent diagnosis of like a week or something,
That sucks!!! Prayers to the Upshaw family big time!

Shawn
08-21-2008, 12:06 PM
Pancreatic cancer is virtually a death sentence. It's one of the real bad ones...with alot of associated pain. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. R.I.P.

RuthlessBurgher
08-21-2008, 12:30 PM
Some members of the NFLPA painted him in a bit of a bad light recently (the Matt Stover e-mail about needed to find a successor as exhibit A), but he did do an awful lot for the players during his tenure as head of the player's association. I would not be surprised to see players wearing a 63 on their helmets this season (his old number with the Raiders).

ANPSTEEL
08-21-2008, 02:21 PM
Pancreatic cancer is virtually a death sentence. It's one of the real bad ones...with alot of associated pain. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. R.I.P.


yeah, apparently he was just diagnosed this past sunday-

unbelievable... thats not even enough time to get your house in order.

his family must be stunned and devastated.

NKySteeler
08-21-2008, 05:15 PM
That is really a shame.

I have a sinking feeling that someday (maybe not too far off) folks will look back on the Taglibue/Upshaw era as the Golden Age of the NFL.

If not the "golden age", at least it's inception... Upshaw was part of every CBA the players' union ever had, in one way or another. Many thought he was too friendly with management, which wasn't the case. But there is nothing wrong with him caring for people the way he did... He was at Art Sr.s' funeral (Art was the first owner to publically acknowledge the union), and also at Arts' wifes' funeral the year before... The "golden age" of the NFL was more about "people" in many different ways... I don't think that is anywhere near the case now... I only hope that his replacement follows similar protocols so as to preserve what we all have grown to love.

Chemsteel
08-21-2008, 05:28 PM
I was ignorant of his condition and wondered why he had lost so much weight and aged.

I beleive there were considerations for his predecessor last year due to the disease.

May he rest in peace. He did much for the players against a very unified Owners Group. He worked very well with Paul Tagliabu.

costanza2k1
08-21-2008, 06:13 PM
Sad day for the NFL. Bless him and his family.

RuthlessBurgher
08-21-2008, 08:25 PM
I was ignorant of his condition and wondered why he had lost so much weight and aged.

I beleive there were considerations for his predecessor last year due to the disease.

May he rest in peace. He did much for the players against a very unified Owners Group. He worked very well with Paul Tagliabu.

He was only diagnosed only a week ago. Not many outside of his family even knew he was diagnosed with cancer until today. Pancreatic cancer is awful, but you'd think he would have more than a week. Truly sad.

Steel Life
08-21-2008, 11:54 PM
So sudden...I sympathize for his family. I can't help but wonder what Bryant Gumble will say about him now.

My feeling about him was that because he had his critics both from the players & the owners, that he must've been doing his job pretty well...except where the old-timers were concerned. His attitude about that issue always confused me...

I know it'd rose-colored glasses right now, but a fight is looming - the players are restless over the ending of the salary-cap & a rookie wage-scale seems imminent. And this is the direct result of the last agreement Gene & Tags worked out before Tags retired. There's more to that than you think, as Tags didn't get any consideration for the HOF this year & they basically had ignored Gene to this point.

It sure will be interesting from here on out.