Gene Upshaw

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Upshaw Hit Foes Hard, On Field and Off

NFL union leader and 'giant of a man' won't be easy to replace

(Newser) - Gene Upshaw brought the same intensity to his position as head of the NFL players' union as he did to his role as an offensive guard for the Raiders, writes John Clayton for ESPN. "He talked tough and conceded little," says Clayton, crediting Upshaw and his unforgettable "... More »

NFL Union Chief Upshaw Dies of Cancer at 63

Hall of Famer helped players get free agency during 25-year tenure

(Newser) - Gene Upshaw, the Hall of Fame offensive lineman who, during a quarter century as head of the players union, helped get NFL players free agency and the riches that came with it, has died at 63, the AP reports. Upshaw died last night at his home in Lake Tahoe, Calif.... More »

NFL Owners Opt Out of Collective Bargaining Agreement

End of labor deal could lead to 2011 lockout

(Newser) - As the NFL deals with Spygate's embarrassment, an even bigger concern has appeared on the horizon: the league's owners voted unanimously yesterday to opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement, which could lead to a lockout in 2011. Commissioner Roger Goodell insists that there will be at least three... More »

Ravens Kicker Wants to Oust NFLPA Boss

Stover's email details plan to replace Upshaw as union director

(Newser) - In an email obtained by ESPN, Ravens kicker Matt Stover outlines a plan to install a new NFL Players Association Executive Director by March 2009. Stover cites other union reps' agreement that "it is time for a change" from Gene Upshaw's leadership. "Matt Stover has no clue. Whoever... More »

Upshaw Unfazed by NFL's Pension Tension

Players Association won't help ex-players with current funds

(Newser) - Robbing Peter to pay Paul is not the answer to the NFL's pension woes, at least not in Gene Upshaw's eyes. The NFL Players Association will not take from the pensions of current players to help former players, says the group's leader, who's at the center of a storm of... More »

$10 Million Added to NFL Retirees Fund

Money will target joint replacement, other medical concerns

(Newser) - The medical fund the NFL established in July for its retired players will receive a $10 million boost. The money will be added to the $7 million already in the fund and be used for joint replacement surgery, cardiovascular screening and assisted living. “We're continuing to work on the... More »

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