Hall of Fame player and longtime NFL union head Gene Upshaw will be remembered this weekend with a moment of silence at NFL exhibition games.
Upshaw, who served as the executive director of the NFL Players Association for 25 years, died Wednesday night of pancreatic cancer at his home near California's Lake Tahoe, just days after learning he had the disease. He was 63.
The NFL said Friday that it had sent a memo to the teams hosting the preseason games to ensure Upshaw would be honored. The moment of silence will be held before the game when all the players are on the field.
Upshaw's funeral is expected to be a private family service in California, with a memorial service to be held in Washington next month. No date has been announced. Upshaw left a widow, Terri, and three sons: Eugene Jr., Justin and Daniel.
Among the few African-Americans to lead a major union, Upshaw guided players to the era of free agency and wealth beyond anything possible when he was a rookie in 1967. However, he also was criticized for keeping ties to league officials and owners that some thought were too close, and for what retired players saw as inattention to their need for medical benefits.
As a player, Upshaw was an undisputed Hall of Famer, gaining entry as soon as he was eligible in 1987.
He played 15 seasons - 307 games including exhibition, regular-season and playoff games - all of them for a Raiders team that reached the Super Bowl three times and won twice. The Pro Football Hall of Fame posted a tribute to Upshaw, including his enshrinement speech.
On Thursday, the union appointed Richard Berthelsen as its interim executive director. Berthelsen, the NFLPA's chief counsel and Upshaw's top aide, has been involved in labor negotiations for 37 years.
---
On the Net:
http://www.profootballhof.com/

Recent NFL Discussions

Applause to D Trump on Thu, Dec 2016 by Timmy1961
kc/oak 2nd half on Thu, Dec 2016 by Timmy1961
kc/oak update on Thu, Dec 2016 by Timmy1961
Pick Wiz ADD 12/8 - LIVE GAME on Thu, Dec 2016 by Michael Cash
Pick Wiz 12/8 2H Play on Thu, Dec 2016 by pickwiz
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Raiders vs. Chiefs Prediction Will the Raiders get their revenge on their AFC West rivals the Chiefs tonight on Thursday Night Football?
Thumbnail Vikings vs. Jaguars Pick The Minnesota Vikings hope to cure their offensive woes when they meet the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday at 1PM ET?
Thumbnail Titans vs. Broncos Pick Will the under cash when the Titans host the Broncos this Sunday at 1:00PM ET in Nashville?
Thumbnail Dolphins vs. Cardinals Pick After they were held in check by the Ravens last weekend in Baltimore, will the Dolphins' offense rebound on Sunday when they host the Cardinals?
Thumbnail Bears vs. Lions Pick Can the Detroit Lions take care of business at home on Sunday when they host the Chicago Bears, or are they set for a...
Advertisement

NFL Team Pages