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Redskins statement on Upshaw's death

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Statement from Redskins owner Daniel Snyder

"With Gene's passing, the NFL has lost an innovator, players have lost their advocate, and I have lost a friend. A Hall of Fame player, Gene was also a hall of fame businessman and negotiator. He always had the best interests of the NFL players at heart, and that played a large role in building our league to the prominence it enjoys today. My prayers and the prayers of the Washington Redskins organization go out to his family at this sad time."