Thursday, August 21, 2008

Gene Upshaw Passes

by: Michael Steffes

In in an incredibly shocking story, Gene Upshaw has passed away this morning at the age of 63. Upshaw was a HOF lineman with the Raiders and most recently has served as the Head of the Players Union.

No one was aware that Gene was even ill, but he was battling pancreatic cancer. As someone who has had close friends who dealt personally with this, it all happens very suddenly.

This is a sad day for the NFL, despite what you may have thought about Gene (as a Raider) or as head of the union, he was one of the key figures in helping football become what it is today. Rest in peace, Gene. Seahawk Addicts sends its thoughts and prayers with the remaining members of the Upshaw family. ~END~