Friday, August 22, 2008

More on the late Gene Upshaw

Here's a snippet of Peter King's column remembering Gene Upshaw:
    This morning, I asked the Pro Football Hall of Fame's vice president and resident historian, Joe Horrigan, if there was anyone in football history who had two such distinctive, separate and stellar careers as Upshaw. Horrigan thought out loud about Chuck Noll and Don Shula, marginal players and terrific coaches, and about other people from other eras, then said:

    "I can't think of anyone like Gene.''
Here's a host of stories on the life and death of Eugene Thurman Upshaw, Jr. (August 15, 1945 – August 20, 2008).
  • 'I can't think of anyone like Gene' -- Sports Illustrated's Peter King
  • Upshaw's style fit the NFL -- Kansas City Star columnist Jason Whitlock
  • Remembering Player, Friend and Enemy -- William C. Rhoden
  • For 41 years, Upshaw was major force on, off field -- Newsday's Bob Glauber
  • Players, NFL Prospered During Upshaw's 25-Year Tenure -- Washington Post's Leonard Shapiro
  • Players felt they were in good hands with Gene Upshaw -- Los Angeles Times Sam Farmer
  • Upshaw leaves dual legacy in NFL -- Dallas Morning News' Rick Gosselin
  • Ditka shaken by death of Upshaw -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • Remembering Gene Upshaw -- Sports Illustrated's Paul Zimmerman (aka Dr. Z.)
  • And, of course,'s NFL bloggers had tons of comments from around the league.

    Below is former President of NFLPA Trace Armstrong on longtime NFL players' union chief Gene Upshaw.

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