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NFL Players Will Wear Patch to Honor the Late Gene Upshaw
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Sep 2nd 2008 12:58AM by Sportz Assassin (author feed)
Filed under: Giants, Raiders, AFC West, NFC EastThe NFL has announced that all players will wear a uniform patch to honor the late Gene Upshaw.

Upshaw died on August 20th of pancreatic cancer at the age of 63.

Players will wear a patch with the number 63 … which was Upshaw’s uniform number during his Hall Of Fame career as a guard for the Oakland Raiders. The black patch will also have the initials “GU”.

The Oakland Raiders will have the patch’s image painted on the field for their Monday night game against the Denver Broncos. There will be a video tribute as well. Giants Stadium will also have the image on the field for the Giants game against the Washington Redskins this Thursday.”Gene was a truly unique, one-of-a-kind contributor to the NFL,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “No one in our game has ever combined Gene’s level of achievement both as a Hall of Fame player and as an executive leader. No one did more for NFL players than Gene Upshaw. He deserves our everlasting respect and thanks.”
There will be a public memorial today in Washington, D.C. for Upshaw so players can attend and give their respects.

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