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dave0320
08-21-2008, 05:49 AM
By Tom Curran
NBCSports.com
updated 1 hour, 11 minutes ago
Hall of Fame player and longtime NFL Players Association executive director Gene Upshaw has died, according to a report citing unnamed sources by Clear Channel Online.

Upshaw's illness was unreported on and his death was wholly unexpected.

Often a lightning rod for criticism for a too-cozy relationship with former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, Upshaw presided over major gains for players.


Upshaw, who played for the Raiders from 1967 to 1981, was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

bkkcoh
08-21-2008, 05:52 AM
RIP

Someome told me is was pancreatic cancer. Not a good way to go.

dirk digler
08-21-2008, 06:18 AM
RIP. Upshaw was a great player.

The other side of this story is how this will now throw the NFLPA into chaos since he never wanted the players to pick a successor before they renegotiate with the owners.

Hopefully the players will pick someone good so we can avoid a strike in 2010.

DaKCMan AP
08-21-2008, 06:21 AM
RIP

Will an agreement on the CBA be easier to come by now?

Bill Parcells
08-21-2008, 06:41 AM
RIP

MOhillbilly
08-21-2008, 06:52 AM
joe delamalure made good?

Reerun_KC
08-21-2008, 07:03 AM
Strike in 2010!

Bacon Cheeseburger
08-21-2008, 07:04 AM
RIP

Someome told me is was pancreatic cancer. Not a good way to go.

Wow, if that's the case they did a damn good job keeping it quiet, you don't just die from that overnight.

Bootlegged
08-21-2008, 07:10 AM
The reaction to this should be interesting.

dirk digler
08-21-2008, 07:16 AM
RIP

Will an agreement on the CBA be easier to come by now?

I hope so.

Braincase
08-21-2008, 07:18 AM
RIP, but wow! This is going to throw contracts into complete chaos. Who will the players pick - some weak-kneed submissive type or some high-handed no-fear-of-the-owners type that really wants to do what is best for the players?

I hear Kyle Turley is out of work...

DaKCMan AP
08-21-2008, 07:22 AM
Wow, if that's the case they did a damn good job keeping it quiet, you don't just die from that overnight.

Actually, with pancreatic cancer you go pretty quickly. Early on there are no symptoms so once you get diagnosed it's a matter of months.

DaKCMan AP
08-21-2008, 07:23 AM
RIP, but wow! This is going to throw contracts into complete chaos. Who will the players pick - some weak-kneed submissive type or some high-handed no-fear-of-the-owners type that really wants to do what is best for the players?

I hear Kyle Turley is out of work...

Hopefully not Robert Smith.

Mecca
08-21-2008, 07:27 AM
Alot of the current players disagreed with Upshaw on alot of things so this should be interesting.

Bacon Cheeseburger
08-21-2008, 07:31 AM
Actually, with pancreatic cancer you go pretty quickly. Early on there are no symptoms so once you get diagnosed it's a matter of months.

Strange, my father in law was having health problems a year before he succumbed to it, I suppose it varies. But nevertheless, keeping such critical information quiet regarding such a prominent person even just for a few months is difficult to pull off in this age of the internet and the 24/7 news channels.

J Diddy
08-21-2008, 07:36 AM
Alot of the current players disagreed with Upshaw on alot of things so this should be interesting.


Yeah the rumblings and grumblings for him to be ousted were starting to be heard.

Wonder if the next guys gonna lead em to strike.

blackhawk
08-21-2008, 07:37 AM
RIP

Kerberos
08-21-2008, 07:38 AM
Hopefully not Robert Smith.

Nope

Onterio Smith wants the job to help jumpstart his Whizzinator side buisness.

CoMoChief
08-21-2008, 07:53 AM
RIP

Having that said the CBA agreement is gonna get interesting now.

Rain Man
08-21-2008, 07:55 AM
He must've really been upset about that aces/joie wedding.

StcChief
08-21-2008, 08:11 AM
RIP Faider.

boogblaster
08-21-2008, 08:16 AM
RIP u played the game ....

vailpass
08-21-2008, 08:46 AM
Repost please delete. Sorry.

Ultra Peanut
08-21-2008, 08:47 AM
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DaKCMan AP
08-21-2008, 08:47 AM
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OnTheWarpath58
08-21-2008, 08:47 AM
Uh,

vailpass
08-21-2008, 08:48 AM
Alright you repost nazis gimme' a chance before you try to mount me from behind :)

dirk digler
08-21-2008, 08:48 AM
No0b :D

Rain Man
08-21-2008, 08:51 AM
If you're showing him dead at 63, and the other post shows him dead at 64, simple math says that the other thread is the repost, not yours.

vailpass
08-21-2008, 08:51 AM
Wait a minute **** you guys. The other post says Upshaw was dead at 64, my post and corresponding article say he is dead at 63.

So, this is not a repost but an updated and factual post with a different set of facts.
:dom:

The Rick
08-21-2008, 08:52 AM
Actually, with pancreatic cancer you go pretty quickly. Early on there are no symptoms so once you get diagnosed it's a matter of months.
According to ESPN.com, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last Sunday. :eek:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3545830

vailpass
08-21-2008, 08:52 AM
If you're showing him dead at 63, and the other post shows him dead at 64, simple math says that the other thread is the repost, not yours.

YES! YES! The logic of Rain is irrefutable.
McDonalds has the golden arches, we have the golden arcs!

Kerberos
08-21-2008, 08:53 AM
Easy guys he is a Donkey fan so being a sandwich short of a picknic should be par.

:D




J/K

DaKCMan AP
08-21-2008, 08:54 AM
According to ESPN.com, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last Sunday. :eek:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3545830

It's really the worst kind. An extremely high percentage of those diagnosed do not survive.

CosmicPal
08-21-2008, 08:54 AM
Maybe he died and came back to life and then re-died? :shrug:

vailpass
08-21-2008, 08:55 AM
Godamnit I don't deserve this my thread stood on it's own merit!!!!

Frankie
08-21-2008, 10:01 AM
I thought he looked gaunt the last time I saw him on the tube. Great player. His brother Marvin Upshaw, of course played DE for the Chiefs.

RIP GU.

Frosty
08-21-2008, 10:28 AM
we have the golden arcs!

Just one, as far as I know. http://bestsmileys.com/blushing/3.gif