Your Black News: NFL’s Gene Upshaw Dies

August 21, 2008


NFL Players Association executive director Gene Upshaw has died, apparently of pancreatic cancer.

His death was confirmed Thursday morning by Jeffrey Kessler, a lawyer who has represented the NFLPA in labor negotiations.

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Kessler said Upshaw did not receive his diagnosis until Sunday night “and he didn’t tell anybody. He didn’t know until Sunday.”

Employees of the NFLPA, based in Washington, D.C., were beginning to get word of Upshaw’s death around 8:30 a.m. ET.


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