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The W - Football - Gene Upshaw passes away
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He passed away at age 63 due to pancreatic cancer.

(Still looking around to see if anyone else verifies this story.)
Here we go: ESPN and CBS

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Chris Mortenson on Mike & Mike reported that Upshaw just found out he had cancer on Sunday. 4 days later, he's dead. In addition to the personal lose his friends and family have to deal with, this makes questions for the next round of CBA negotiations. There were those who thought Upshaw didn't do enough for the players (for example, Bryant Gumbel's comment along the lines of "Paul Tagliabue needs to tell Roger Goddell where he keeps Gene Upshaw's leash". If they get a MLBPA-type rep, then a work-stoppage almost seems definite to me.

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His death taught me exactly how many people disliked him. The old saying of never speaking ill of the dead didn't really apply.
In the NY tabloids, there were some less than favorable quotes from former players about him with regards to his passing.

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