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NFL's Gene Upshaw Dies At 63

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NFL Hall of Famer, and current head of the Player’s Association, Gene Upshaw has passed away at the tender age of 63, according to ProFootballTalk.

Gene Upshaw has been criticized by former players for his lack of helping them with their benefits, but he has always taken care of the current players, bringing their salaries to an all-time high. In the past few months Ravens kicker Matt Stover has called upon his few players to remove Upshaw as the head of the NFLPA.

Upshaw played his whole 16-year career for the Raiders and won two Super Bowls with them.

A report citing unnamed sources from Clear Channel online indicates that Hall of Fame offensive lineman Gene Upshaw, the long-time Executive Director of the NFL Players Association, has died at the age of 63.

Per the report, Upshaw had been fighting pancreatic cancer.

Upshaw’s condition not been publicly known, and it’s unclear whether others at the NFLPA were aware of the illness, which is one of the most serious forms of cancer.

It’s also unknown whether the disease had developed recently, or whether Upshaw became afflicated with it months ago.

It’s a shocking development, to say the least. In recent months, Upshaw had indicated a desire to stay on the job through the completion of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations, which became a focal point for the league and the union in May of this year, when owners voted to end the current CBA two years early.

Gene Upshaw also has been criticized for his refusal to allow the NFLPA to identify his successor, out of fears that the league would then undermine him by working directly with the successor as to key terms of the CBA.

Reported by Sons of Bill Simmons

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