LOS ANGELES -- Gene Upshaw and Art Shell, two of the finest offensive lineman in Raider history with 31 combined years of experience, will retire at the end of the 1982 season.
'It's time for us to do other things,' left tackle Shell, 36, said Wednesday.
'Time to move on.'
Left guard Upshaw, 37, and Shell dominated opponents and the left side of the Raiders' offensive line for 13 years, including the team's wins in Super Bowls XI and XV.
Both however, lost their starting positions to younger players last season. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Upshaw was edged out by rookie Curt Marsh, while ex-UCLA star Bruce Davis, a third year pro then, got the nod over the 6-foot-5, 285-pound Shell.
'They've been fixtures for so long, part of a great era,' Raider Coach Tom Flores said. 'It's always sad to see great players step down, but it's nice to know you've been part of their history, their achievements. They've been winners, leaders and team players.'
Upshaw was the Raiders' No. 1 pick in the 1967 draft out of Texas A & I. A six-time Pro Bowl selection and a four-time All-Pro since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, Upshaw played in 217 league games, a Raider record, and 24 post-season games, an AFC record.
Shell was the Raiders' No. 3 pick out of Maryland State in the 1968 draft and played in 199 games and 22 post-season games. He earned All-Conference honors six straight seasons between 1973-78.
Upshaw is the president of the NFL players' union.