CBA extension latest accomplishment for Upshaw
From his Hall of Fame days as a player to 23 years leading the NFLPA, Gene Upshaw has put together a pretty impressive résumé.
Editor's Note: ESPN.com senior writer Greg Garber profiled Gene Upshaw in March, 2006. Upshaw died on Thursday at the age of 63. The following is Garber's 2006 story as it ran then:
The mood of the conference call was charged, approaching angry. On a day in early March, with 13 years of labor peace on the verge of evaporating into anarchy, the executive committee of the National Football League Management Council vented.
"Let's call his bluff," said one owner, referring to Gene ...
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Gene Upshaw (1945-2008)
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• Upshaw to be honored at all weekend games
• Players to wear uniform patch to honor Upshaw
• Public memorial to be held Sept. 2
• Upshaw to be remembered at preseason games
Commentary/features• Munson: Gene Upshaw remembered
• Chadiha: Upshaw's legacy a stronger union
• Clayton: Upshaw played game hard on, off field
• Clayton: What's next for NFLPA?
• Clayton: Who might succeed Upshaw?
• Garber: Upshaw's achievements (from 2006)
NFL blog network• NFL Nation blog: Upshaw
• Upshaw has on-field legacy too
• Bitter rival recalls Upshaw
Audio• Mike Ditka on Mike & Mike
• Former NFL executive Ernie Accorsi
• Former NFL player Robert Smith