ALAMEDA -- The Raiders released the following statement from team owner Al Davis on the passing of Gene Upshaw:
"The Raider Organization, the National Football League, and the world have lost a great man. Gene Upshaw's career successes as a professional football player and a union leader are unparalleled. He is as prominent a sportsman as the world has known. He was and will remain a part of the fabric of our lives and of the Raider mystique and legacy. We loved him and he loved us.We will miss him. Our hearts go out to Terri and the boys."
Also here is the full statement from Art Shell:
"Today the Shell family and the entire football world is deeply saddened
and feels a great loss. Our friend and teammate Gene Upshaw was a
dynamic leader on and off the field. Gene was a true pioneer as one of
the few African American leaders of a major union. He was the equal of
owners in negotiations and made the league a better place for all
players. Playing alongside of Gene was an honor and a privilege. He was
a pillar of strength and leadership for our great Raider teams. It is
gratifying to know that Gene's memory will live on as a member of the
Pro Football Hall of Fame. His wife his Terri and his entire family _
our thoughts and prayers are with them today."