Hall of Famer Upshaw loses battle with pancreatic cancer

Updated: August 21, 2008, 10:22 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- Gene Upshaw, the Hall of Fame guard who during a quarter century as union head helped get NFL players free agency and the riches that came with it, has died. He was 63.

Upshaw died Wednesday night at his home near California's Lake Tahoe of pancreatic cancer, which was diagnosed only last Sunday, the NFL Players Association said Thursday. His wife, Terri, and sons Eugene Jr., Justin and Daniel were by his side.

Upshaw had not been feeling well for about a week; his ...

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