Recently longtime Oakland Raiders great, and later NFL Players Association leader, Gene Upshaw passed away at the age of 67. Upshaw played for fifteen seasons with the Raiders and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.
Here are three things you may not know about Gene Upshaw:
Gene Upshaw is the only player to play in three Super Bowls with the same team during three different decades (following the 1967, 1976, and 1980 seasons).
Gene Upshaw’s younger brother Marvin played on the defensive line with the Browns, Chiefs, and Cardinals.
Every year since 2004 there has been an award for the Division II Lineman of the Year as voted on by the NCAA Division II sports information directors, the award is named the Gene Upshaw Award.