NEW YORK (AP) -The NFL Players Association says executive director Gene Upshaw has died. The Hall of Fame guard was 63.
As union head, Upshaw helped NFL players obtain free agency and the riches that came with it.
His outstanding 15-season playing career was entirely with the Oakland Raiders and included two Super Bowl wins and seven Pro Bowl appearances.
In 1983, he became executive director of the players' association and guided it through the 1987 strike that led to replacement football.

Recent NFL Discussions

CFL Betting News and Notes Week 1 on Sat, Jun 2017 by Blade
SEC Schedule Breakdown on Thu, Jun 2017 by Blade
College Football Conference Previews on Tue, Jun 2017 by Blade
College Football Quarterback Rankings on Thu, Jun 2017 by Blade
Handicapping 2017 Win Totals on Mon, Jun 2017 by Blade

Top NFL Public Bets

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail NFC East Division Odds Are the Cowboys favored to repeat as NFC East Division champions in 2017?
Thumbnail Bills showing interest in Maclin Could the Bills be on the verge of signing Jeremy Maclin, who was recently released by the Chiefs?

NFL Team Pages