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Gene Upshaw Biography

Former Executive Director of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA)
Con to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“We are Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the National Football League [NFL], and Gene Upshaw, Executive Director of the NFL Players Association. We have submitted this joint statement to emphasize that our organizations – representing the 32 NFL Members Clubs and approximately 1,800 current NFL players – have a shared view that steroids and other performance-enhancing substances have no place in our game, or anywhere in sports.”

Testimony of Roger Goodell and Gene Upshaw for the hearing on “Drugs in Sports: Compromising the Health of Athletes and Undermining the Integrity of Competition,” before the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, Feb. 27, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Executive Director, National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), 1983-2008
  • Negotiated settlement with former former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue a deal that gave players the right to free agency in exchange for a salary cap, 1993
  • Guided the NFLPA through the 1987 strike that led to replacement football
  • Guard, Team Captain, Oakland Raiders, National Football League, 1967-1981
  • Oakland Raiders’ first-round choice in the first combined AFL-NFL draft, 1967
  • Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame, Jan. 24, 1967
  • Recipient, NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) All-American honors
  • Member, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Javelina Hall of Fame, Lone Star Conference Hall of Honor
  • BS, Texas A&I (now A&M) University, 1968
  • Died on Aug. 20, 2008
  • Only player in NFL history to participate in Super Bowls in three different decades, 1967, 1976 and 1980 seasons
  • 11-time All-Pro
  • During his 15-year active pro career the Raiders made 11 playoff appearances, won eight division titles, one AFL Championship, two AFC titles and two World Championships of Professional Football (Super Bowls XI and XV)
  • Born on Aug. 15, 1945 in Robstown, TX