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#56: Gene Upshaw | The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players (2010) | NFL Films
Published: 2016/05/27
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#1 Gene Upshaw & Art Shell | Top 10 Raiders All Time | NFL Films
#1 Gene Upshaw & Art Shell | Top 10 Raiders All Time | NFL Films
Published: 2016/12/07
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Art Shell & Gene Upshaw Career Highlights || Oakland Raiders
Art Shell & Gene Upshaw Career Highlights || Oakland Raiders
Published: 2017/03/18
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Raiders React to Death of Gene Upshaw
Raiders React to Death of Gene Upshaw
Published: 2008/08/22
Channel: Associated Press
Highway 63 - The Legacy of Gene Upshaw HD
Highway 63 - The Legacy of Gene Upshaw HD
Published: 2016/11/21
Channel: Tahoe Forest Health System
Pro Files | Gene Upshaw
Pro Files | Gene Upshaw
Published: 2017/02/21
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Gene Upshaw lays out CB - madden 13 MUT
Gene Upshaw lays out CB - madden 13 MUT
Published: 2012/11/28
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Tribute to the great Gene Upshaw
Tribute to the great Gene Upshaw
Published: 2008/09/18
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The Great Gene Upshaw
The Great Gene Upshaw
Published: 2008/08/24
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Madden NFL 15 MUT - Ultimate Gene Upshaw Challenge
Madden NFL 15 MUT - Ultimate Gene Upshaw Challenge
Published: 2015/03/09
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Gene Upshaw NFL Players Tribute
Gene Upshaw NFL Players Tribute
Published: 2012/06/28
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Top 5 Raiders of All Time | NFL
Top 5 Raiders of All Time | NFL
Published: 2016/05/13
Channel: NFL
Walter Payton gene upshaw combo!
Walter Payton gene upshaw combo!
Published: 2013/07/19
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#MUT15 | NEW 94 Overall Legendary Emmitt Smith & 92 Overall Gene Upshaw | Legendary Bundle?
#MUT15 | NEW 94 Overall Legendary Emmitt Smith & 92 Overall Gene Upshaw | Legendary Bundle?
Published: 2014/09/20
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2009 Gene Upshaw Award Winner Ben Staggs
2009 Gene Upshaw Award Winner Ben Staggs
Published: 2010/03/12
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OAKLAND RAIDERS and Gene Upshaw tribute!
OAKLAND RAIDERS and Gene Upshaw tribute!
Published: 2008/09/05
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MUT 15 - Legend Pack Opening! | Emmitt Smith and Gene Upshaw!
MUT 15 - Legend Pack Opening! | Emmitt Smith and Gene Upshaw!
Published: 2014/09/20
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Madden Ultimate Team 15 | Legend Emmitt Smith & Gene Upshaw | ELITE SNIPE !
Madden Ultimate Team 15 | Legend Emmitt Smith & Gene Upshaw | ELITE SNIPE !
Published: 2014/09/20
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MUT 25 - Ultimate Legend Reggie White, Cris Carter and Gene Upshaw - Madden 25 Ultimate Team
MUT 25 - Ultimate Legend Reggie White, Cris Carter and Gene Upshaw - Madden 25 Ultimate Team
Published: 2014/05/04
Channel: LundenRTR
MUT 13: 2 Star Sunday - Gene Upshaw | BCS National Championship
MUT 13: 2 Star Sunday - Gene Upshaw | BCS National Championship
Published: 2013/01/06
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Sponsor Video: Gene Upshaw Memorial Golf Classic
Sponsor Video: Gene Upshaw Memorial Golf Classic
Published: 2015/02/10
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MUT 15 - RTTP Packs, Gene Upshaw Set and Squad Update
MUT 15 - RTTP Packs, Gene Upshaw Set and Squad Update
Published: 2014/11/09
Channel: crbuke
MUT 15 - Legendary Emmitt Smith and Gene Upshaw - Madden 15 Ultimate Team Pack Opening
MUT 15 - Legendary Emmitt Smith and Gene Upshaw - Madden 15 Ultimate Team Pack Opening
Published: 2014/09/20
Channel: LundenRTR
NFLPA Head Gene Upshaw Dies of Cancer
NFLPA Head Gene Upshaw Dies of Cancer
Published: 2008/08/21
Channel: Associated Press
Michael Silver On  NFL Draft, Race, Gene Upshaw, Cal Sports
Michael Silver On NFL Draft, Race, Gene Upshaw, Cal Sports
Published: 2008/04/25
Channel: Zennie62 Daily Vlog
MUT 13: Opening Tom Flores with Live Reactions | Gene Upshaw 2 Star collection
MUT 13: Opening Tom Flores with Live Reactions | Gene Upshaw 2 Star collection
Published: 2012/11/10
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Madden 13 Ultimate Team | Gene Upshaw Ultimate Legend Collection
Madden 13 Ultimate Team | Gene Upshaw Ultimate Legend Collection
Published: 2012/12/28
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Madden 15 Ultimate Team - Legendary Pack Pulls! + Legend Emmitt Smith + Gene Upshaw!
Madden 15 Ultimate Team - Legendary Pack Pulls! + Legend Emmitt Smith + Gene Upshaw!
Published: 2014/09/20
Channel: BallinGamez03
The Legacy of Gene Upshaw
The Legacy of Gene Upshaw
Published: 2015/02/10
Channel: Tahoe Forest Health System
8th annual Gene Upshaw Memorial Golf Classic
8th annual Gene Upshaw Memorial Golf Classic
Published: 2016/07/19
Channel: Sierra Sun
Madden 13 Ultimate Team: Episode 5 "Giveaway, Gene Upshaw Collection, and Coin Up Week 4! "
Madden 13 Ultimate Team: Episode 5 "Giveaway, Gene Upshaw Collection, and Coin Up Week 4! "
Published: 2012/09/29
Channel: Supertainment
Gene Upshaw dies at 63
Gene Upshaw dies at 63
Published: 2008/08/27
Channel: RighteousTalk
CSU-Pueblo Football: Gene Upshaw Finalist Morgan Fox Highlights (Nov. 24, 2015)
CSU-Pueblo Football: Gene Upshaw Finalist Morgan Fox Highlights (Nov. 24, 2015)
Published: 2015/11/24
Channel: CSU-Pueblo Athletics
Ed Goines on Gene Upshaw - 1
Ed Goines on Gene Upshaw - 1
Published: 2008/04/16
Channel: Zennie62 Daily Vlog
The Legacy of Gene Upshaw: The Gene Upshaw Memorial Fund
The Legacy of Gene Upshaw: The Gene Upshaw Memorial Fund
Published: 2014/01/04
Channel: Tahoe Forest Health System
MUT 13 - Week 4 Fantasy Cards and 2 Star Gene Upshaw
MUT 13 - Week 4 Fantasy Cards and 2 Star Gene Upshaw
Published: 2012/10/02
Channel: crbuke
MADDEN 15 ULTIMATE TEAM | NEW LEGENDS EMMIT SMITH & GENE UPSHAW | LEGENDARY PACK OPENING
MADDEN 15 ULTIMATE TEAM | NEW LEGENDS EMMIT SMITH & GENE UPSHAW | LEGENDARY PACK OPENING
Published: 2014/09/20
Channel: Jaygaming901
Gene Upshaw: Hall of Fame Football Left Guard
Gene Upshaw: Hall of Fame Football Left Guard
Published: 2017/04/06
Channel: WhoWhat
Garth Heikkinen Talks About Winning the 2012 Gene Upshaw Award
Garth Heikkinen Talks About Winning the 2012 Gene Upshaw Award
Published: 2012/12/17
Channel: UMD Bulldogs
Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - MVI_3155.MOV
Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - MVI_3155.MOV
Published: 2012/07/18
Channel: Mr. Truckee
Madden Mobile-6 Legendary Pack Opening-CALVIN JOHNSON & GENE UPSHAW!?!?!?
Madden Mobile-6 Legendary Pack Opening-CALVIN JOHNSON & GENE UPSHAW!?!?!?
Published: 2015/04/12
Channel: Deeveeus
Gene Upshaw Memorial Golf Tournament - with Truckee Football - MVI_3097.MOV
Gene Upshaw Memorial Golf Tournament - with Truckee Football - MVI_3097.MOV
Published: 2012/07/17
Channel: Mr. Truckee
Madden 15 Ultimate Team | ELITE GENE UPSHAW AND JPP | PLAYOFFS | XBOX ONE | MUT 15
Madden 15 Ultimate Team | ELITE GENE UPSHAW AND JPP | PLAYOFFS | XBOX ONE | MUT 15
Published: 2014/12/15
Channel: Dre Plays
MUT 13 Giveaway Gene Upshaw
MUT 13 Giveaway Gene Upshaw
Published: 2012/12/06
Channel: iTuffLove
Madden 13 Ultimate Team Ep12 :-: Gene Upshaw Collection Done :-: Tom Flores for CHEAP!
Madden 13 Ultimate Team Ep12 :-: Gene Upshaw Collection Done :-: Tom Flores for CHEAP!
Published: 2012/11/07
Channel: ShadySports925
DC Metro Raiders: Support Gene Upshaw Memorial Fund
DC Metro Raiders: Support Gene Upshaw Memorial Fund
Published: 2016/12/20
Channel: pgfentertainment
NFL Hall of Famer Herb Adderley talks about Gene Upshaw and the NFLPA!
NFL Hall of Famer Herb Adderley talks about Gene Upshaw and the NFLPA!
Published: 2011/02/05
Channel: War Room Sports
2 Star Gene Upshaw Collection Complete MUT 13
2 Star Gene Upshaw Collection Complete MUT 13
Published: 2013/02/20
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MADDEN 15: MEGATRON, GENE UPSHAW AND PACK AND PLAY MONDAYS???
MADDEN 15: MEGATRON, GENE UPSHAW AND PACK AND PLAY MONDAYS???
Published: 2015/03/13
Channel: InsightSports
Crazy Gene Upshaw Interception
Crazy Gene Upshaw Interception
Published: 2014/06/03
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Gene Upshaw
Gene Upshaw.jpg
No. 63
Position: Left guard
Personal information
Born: (1945-08-15)August 15, 1945
Robstown, Texas
Died: August 20, 2008(2008-08-20) (aged 63)
Lake Tahoe, California
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school: Robstown (TX)
College: Texas A&M-Kingsville
AFL draft: 1967 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 217
Games started: 207
Player stats at NFL.com

Eugene Thurman Upshaw Jr. (August 15, 1945 – August 20, 2008), also known as "Uptown Gene", was an American football player for the Oakland Raiders of the American Football League (AFL) and later the National Football League (NFL). He later served as the executive director of the National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA). In 1987, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is also the only player in NFL history to reach the Super Bowl in three different decades with the same team.

Early life[edit]

Upshaw was born in Robstown, Texas, and graduated from Robstown High School.[1] He played college football at Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M University-Kingsville), where he was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. In 1967 at age 22, Upshaw married Jimmye Lee Hill-Upshaw (née Hill).[2] Together they had one son, Eugene Upshaw III, and later divorced.[2]

Football career[edit]

After playing football in college at a number of offensive line positions, he settled at left offensive guard for the Oakland Raiders in the American Football League and the National Football League for 15 years. During that time, he played in three Super Bowls; in the 1967, 1976, and 1980 seasons, making him the first player to reach the game in three different decades (Jerry Rice and Bill Romanowski would later accomplish the feat in 2003). He also played in three AFL Championship Games, seven American Football Conference title games, one AFL All-Star game, and six NFL Pro Bowls. He was selected by The Sporting News' to the 1969 AFL All League team.

He was part of a particularly strong offensive line during the 1976 season, with interior linemates Dave Dalby at center and George Buehler at right guard. In the 1976 AFC championship game of the 1976–77 NFL playoffs, the Raiders beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, rushing for 157 yards and passing for 88 yards. The Raiders then beat the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI, rushing for a whopping 266 yards and passing for 180 yards, as Upshaw overwhelmed the opposing defensive tackle, Alan Page, a Hall-of-Famer. In the 1980 AFC championship game of the 1980–81 NFL playoffs, the Raiders beat the San Diego Chargers, rushing for 138 yards and passing for 261 yards. The Raiders then beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XV, rushing for a 117 yards and passing for 261 yards again, as Upshaw, Dalby, and right guard Mickey Marvin outmatched Eagle nosetackle Charlie Johnson and inside linebackers Bill Bergey and Frank LeMaster.

In 1999, he was ranked No. 62 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.

He was the older brother of Marvin Upshaw, who was a defensive lineman with the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Cardinals.

Over the course of his sixteen seasons in the NFL, Upshaw witnessed—and, in many cases, participated in—many iconic NFL games and plays. These include the Heidi Game, the Immaculate Reception, the Sea of Hands Game, Ghost to the Post, the Holy Roller Game, and Red Right 88. He also reached three Super Bowls in three different decades (1967, 1976, and 1980); in total, Upshaw played in 24 playoff games with the Raiders.

NFLPA career[edit]

Upshaw was an active member of the bargaining committee for the National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA) throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s. He led the NFLPA in its unsuccessful strike in 1987 and through years of anti-trust litigation against the league, including a brief period in which the NFLPA became a professional association rather than a union, that ended with the union's acceptance of a salary cap in return for free agency and an enhanced share of league revenues for the union's members. Until his death, he was the Executive Director of the Association.

In an infamous 1987 incident during labor negotiations between the NFL and the NFL players association (NFLPA), Dallas Cowboys president and general manager Tex Schramm told Upshaw, “Gene, here’s what you have to understand: we’re the ranchers and you’re the cattle, and we can always get more cattle.” [3] [4]

He alienated many retired players after comments he made in response to 325 former AFL and NFL players receiving minimal retirement benefits. When the former players attempted to have the league and the Association consider their plight, Upshaw responded: "The bottom line is I don't work for them. They don't hire me and they can't fire me. They can complain about me all day long. They can have their opinion. But the active players have the vote."[5] Upshaw later said he was misquoted and was speaking solely about fellow Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure, further saying "A guy like DeLamielleure says the things he said about me; you think I'm going to invite him to dinner? No. I'm going to break his damn neck."[6] While Upshaw's comments were true on the letter of the NFL's benefit rules—the NFLPA is charged with the union rights of active players, and any matters dealing with retirees are subject to negotiations between the NFLPA and the NFL Management Council—they were badly received by both former and current players, fans, and the media. Prior to his death, a campaign was allegedly being led by Ravens kicker Matt Stover to oust Gene Upshaw as head of the NFLPA; however, all parties have denied such a plan. Stover along with a number of other players claim to have only been seeking a definite succession plan in order to avoid a drawn out and messy transfer of power such as Upshaw's death has seen realized.[7] Tennessee Titans center Kevin Mawae, president of the NFLPA, had denied reports of mass callings from players for Upshaw to step down.[citation needed]

Hall of Fame and other honors[edit]

Upshaw was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

In 2004, the NCAA Division II sports information directors awarded the first Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year award. It is presented each year during the weekend of the NCAA Division II Football Championship by the Manheim (Pennsylvania) Touchdown Club.

Death[edit]

In mid-August 2008 at his home in Lake Tahoe,[8] Upshaw began to feel ill. His wife Terri (née Buich) noticed that his breathing was labored, so she convinced him to go to the emergency room, where he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on August 17. On August 20, Upshaw died with Terri and his sons Eugene III, Justin, and Daniel by his side, five days after his 63rd birthday.[9]

In 2011, his son Eugene Upshaw III filed a lawsuit in Fairfax County Circuit Court regarding how the will was handled at the time of his father's death, stating his father was too ill to be able to understand the document he was signing.[10][11] The case was settled out of court prior to the trial, but brought forward issues with the money handling of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA).[11]

Legacy[edit]

After his sudden death, the NFL announced that for the opening weekend of the 2008 season, all 32 teams would wear a patch on the left chest of the jerseys with the initials "GU" and the number 63, Upshaw's jersey number with the Oakland Raiders; the patch was also painted onto every NFL field for Week 1.[12] Beginning in the second week of the season, all teams wore the patch as a decal on their backs of their helmets instead of a shoulder patch; the Raiders continued to wear the patch on their shoulder throughout the season.

Gene's wife, Terri, and sons Justin and Daniel, established the Gene Upshaw Memorial Fund[13] in memory of Gene. In recognition of the extraordinary care he received at Tahoe Forest Hospital, The Gene Upshaw Memorial Fund has created a partnership with Tahoe Forest Health System to provide funding for important health programs and research.[14] The mission of the Gene Upshaw Memorial Fund is to honor Gene Upshaw's legacy and advance the Upshaw family's passion for quality medical treatment, care for patients and their families,[15] sustainability and advancement of medical technology, and funding for research in areas such as traumatic brain injury (TBI). The Gene Upshaw Memorial Fund is currently partnered with Tahoe Forest Health System,[16] the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, and the Tahoe Institute for Rural Health Research (TIRHR) to advance its mission.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gene Upshaw". daabaseFootball.com. Archived from the original on April 8, 2013. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Remains of Former Star's Ex Wife Found". Gadsden Times. 2002-10-31. Retrieved 2015-10-28 – via google news. 
  3. ^ Meggyesy, David (2011-07-27). "How Players Won the NFL Lockout". The Nation. Retrieved 2017-10-28. 
  4. ^ Johnson, Greg (2008-08-22). "Raider star later led NFL players union". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017-10-28. 
  5. ^ Ex-players say NFL neglects retirees: Hall of Famers: League, union leader fall short in providing benefits
  6. ^ Colston, Chris (2007-08-13). "NFL retirees feel forgotten as fight for benefits rages". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  7. ^ Hall of Famer Upshaw loses battle with pancreatic cancer
  8. ^ Arnold, Laurence; Kuriloff, Aaron (2007-08-21). "Hall of Famer Gene Upshaw, Head of NFL Players' Union, Dies". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  9. ^ Battista, Judy (2007-08-21). "Gene Upshaw, N.F.L. Union Chief, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  10. ^ "Gene Upshaw's Will – or was it really his Will?". Pennsylvania Fiduciary Litigation. 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2015-10-29. 
  11. ^ a b Jackman, Tom (2011-05-04). "Gene Upshaw had $15 million fund from NFL players union". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2015-10-29. 
  12. ^ NFL players to wear uniform patch this season in honor of Upshaw
  13. ^ "Gene Upshaw Memorial Fund Info". Gene Upshaw Memorial. Retrieved 2015-12-18. 
  14. ^ "Gene Upshaw Memorial Golf Classic | July 17–18, 2016 Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club". www.gu63.org. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  15. ^ "NFL Players Association – NFLPA Homepage". www.nflplayers.com. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  16. ^ "Tahoe Forest Health System: News and Events". www.tfhd.com. Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 

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