Archive: Upshaw

Players to Wear Uniform Patches For Upshaw

The league announced today that all NFL players will wear patches on their jerseys this season honoring Gene Upshaw, the late executive director of the players' union. The patch will include Upshaw's initials and the number 63, his jersey number during his Hall of Fame playing days with the...

 

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2008; 04:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Official Announcement of Union Search Likely to Come Later This Week

Look for the NFL Players Association to make its official announcement later this week about launching its search for an executive director. We reported in a story in the print edition of the paper early last week that members of the union's ruling 10-member executive committee would speak via...

 

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2008; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Memorial Service For Upshaw at Kennedy Center

The union has announced that the memorial service for Gene Upshaw, the late executive director of the NFL Players Association, will begin at 11 a.m. on Sept. 2 in the Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center. Upshaw died last Wednesday night at a home that he owned in California...

 

By Mark Maske | August 25, 2008; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Union Readying to Launch Search For Upshaw's Successor

The NFL Players Association is making plans to launch a search for an executive director aimed at identifying a replacement for the late Gene Upshaw early next year, sources said today. Players on the union's 10-member executive committee hope to meet via conference call tonight or Tuesday to discuss...

 

By Mark Maske | August 25, 2008; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Memorial Service For Upshaw Planned for Sept. 2 in D.C.

A public memorial service for Gene Upshaw, the late executive director of the NFL Players Association, is being planned for Sept. 2 in Washington. A union official confirmed those plans but said he did not know further details yet about the site or time of day. Upshaw died Wednesday...

 

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2008; 01:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Moment of Silence For Upshaw at This Weekend's Games

Late NFL Players Association chief Gene Upshaw is to be honored with a moment of silence at each preseason game this weekend. The league office informed teams of the tribute in a memo. Upshaw died Wednesday night at a home he owned in California, three days after going to...

 

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2008; 07:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Berthelsen's Appointment Announced by Union

The NFL Players Association confirmed the appointment of Richard Berthelsen as interim executive director earlier today. The union announced Berthelsen's elevation from general counsel. Berthelsen was Gene Upshaw's longtime top lieutenant. Several players familiar with the inner workings of the union said today they don't expect a more permanent...

 

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2008; 10:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

More Reaction to Gene Upshaw's Death

Some of the reaction to the death of Gene Upshaw, both in interviews conducted today (I was in the Giants' locker room this afternoon) and in written statements issued by various organizations... Robert Smith, former Vikings running back: "It's a pretty dramatic shock. If you live long enough, you...

 

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2008; 10:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Berthelsen Selected as Interim NFLPA Leader

Richard Berthelsen, the NFL Players Association's general counsel, has been chosen the interim executive director of the union in the wake of the death of Gene Upshaw, sources have told Mark Maske. Players on the union's ruling executive committee decided in a conference call within the past few hours...

 

By Cindy Boren | August 21, 2008; 02:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Upshaw Died of Virulent Form of Cancer

Dr. Thom Mayer, medical director for the NFL Players Association, called with some more information on the death of Gene Upshaw. He wanted to clarify a few things at the request of Upshaw's widow, Terri. Mayer said that Upshaw had not had a long battle with pancreatic cancer, as...

 

By Cindy Boren | August 21, 2008; 02:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

Upshaw Dead at 63

Gene Upshaw, the Hall of Fame player who was the longtime executive director of the NFL Players Association, has died. He was 63. Upshaw had been diagnosed only Monday with pancreatic cancer and died Wednesday night at his Truckee, Calif., home. Because the NFLPA offices are in Washington, Upshaw...

 

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2008; 08:41 AM ET | Comments (90)

 

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