NFL Players Association Executive Director Gene Upshaw Passes.

NFLPA's Executive Director, and NFL veteran Gene Upshaw (left, back row), with veterans Roy Jefferson, and Brian Mitchell, seen here with fan at the 2008 NFLPA and Native Vision 'Evening With the Stars' gala.

The Associated Press is reporting the following...

"Gene Upshaw, the Hall of Fame guard who during a quarter century as union head helped get NFL players free agency and the riches that came with it, has died. He was 63.

Upshaw died Wednesday night at his home in Lake Tahoe, Calif., of pancreatic cancer, which was diagnosed only last Sunday, the NFL Players Association said Thursday. His wife Terri and sons Eugene Jr., Justin and Daniel were by his side."


As stated in the article above, Upshaw died of pancreatic cancer.

You may remember that last year we lost DC Boxing Commissioner Dr. A.W. Wright to the same disease.

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Anonymous said…
He was a good person, and worked hard to see that all players (veteran, and other) got what the deserved.

He will be missed.