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Thursday, August 21, 2008
Dan Rooney says Upshaw will have 'lasting impact'

By James Walker

Posted by's James Walker

Gene Upshaw

Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney has been a leader and trendsetter on many league and players issues in the NFL. He has worked closely with Gene Upshaw over the years and echoed Thursday the many friends and co-workers who were unaware of Upshaw's condition. Upshaw died Wednesday night at his home in Lake Tahoe, Calif., of pancreatic cancer.

Here is Rooney's complete statement Thursday in reaction to Upshaw's passing: