The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012.
By United Press International

Race for NFL union head in home stretch

MAUI, Hawaii, March 11 (UPI) -- The candidates to head of the NFL Players Association agreed that the union will have to present a united front as it heads into negotiations with the owners.
NFL to honor Upshaw at each game this week

NFL to honor Upshaw at each game this week

NEW YORK, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Longtime players' union leader and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Gene Upshaw will be memorialized at each of the 16 NFL opening week games.
NFL union official Gene Upshaw dies

NFL union official Gene Upshaw dies

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Gene Upshaw, the Pro Football Hall of Fame guard who became the NFL Players Association executive director, has died at 63.

NFL union head badmouths owners

PHOENIX, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- The head of the NFL players union says owners want to terminate the current collective bargaining agreement and he is exploring future legal options.

NFL players seek aid for illnesses

WASHINGTON, May 31 (UPI) -- A group of 35 former NFL players have filed for monetary assistance to fight symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Ditka, Kramer crusade draws Upshaw ire

CHICAGO, March 9 (UPI) -- Mike Ditka and Jerry Kramer pressed their crusade for disabled NFL retirees with charges drawing the anger of player's union head Gene Upshaw. In a news conference at his Chicago restaurant, Ditka, the former player and coach, and ex-player Kramer repeate

NFLPA may OK punishing lawbreakers

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The head of the NFL Players Association said in Indianapolis Friday he would consider a proposal to discipline players who repeatedly get in legal trouble.

Union will not appeal on Haynesworth

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The NFL Players Association said Wednesday it will not appeal the five-game suspension given Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

NFL commissioner criticizes Gumbel

NEW YORK, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Outgoing NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue criticized NFL Network announcer Bryant Gumbel for "inexcusable" remarks he made on HBO's "Real Sports."

NFL owners halt union contract talks

NEW YORK, March 2 (UPI) -- National Football League owners unanimously voted Thursday to discontinue talks with the NFL Players' Union on a labor contract extension.

NFL labor negotiations bogged down

NEW YORK, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- NFL labor talks broke off Tuesday without a settlement to uphold the league's salary-cap system after next season.

Tagliabue says NFL tough on steroid use

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) -- Commissioner Paul Tagliabue says he stands by the NFL's substance abuse policy.

NFL steroids hearings produce little fire

WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue outlined the league's steroid policy Wednesday while members of Congress said anti-drug legislation for sports was needed.
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Gene Upshaw
Former NFL player Gene Upshaw testifies before the House Committee on Government Reform on April 27, 2005 in Washington. The NFL has supposedly the strongest steroids testing policy, but Congress is interested in a universal policy for all sports. ..(UPI Photo/Michael Kleinfeld)

Eugene Thurman Upshaw, Jr. (a.k.a. Uptown Gene) (August 15, 1945 – August 20, 2008) was an American football player for the Oakland Raiders of the American Football League and later the NFL, later the executive director of the National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA). In 1987, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Upshaw was born in Robstown, Texas, USA. He graduated from Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M University-Kingsville), where he was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

After playing football in college at a number of offensive line positions, he settled at left offensive guard for the Oakland Raiders in the American Football League and the National Football League for 15 years. During that time, he played in three Super Bowls; in the 1967, 1976, and 1980 seasons, making him the only person (other than Jerry Rice) to play the game in three different decades. He also played in three AFL Championship Games, seven American Football Conference title games, one AFL All-Star game, and six NFL Pro Bowls. He was selected by The Sporting News' to the 1969 AFL All League team.

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