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Old 06-06-2007, 06:00 PM   #16
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I agree w/ u 100%. You can add in Mika Ditka in there as well. He is always blasting Upshaw every chance he gets. The question I have is Gene Upsahw legally obligated to the retired players? Doesn't he work for the current players? If this is the case then why is it that all these old timers are always bitching at him? I assume it's over benefits and money but Upshaw doesn't work for the retired players. He only works for the current players. Someone correct me if I'm wrong on this
Yeah, it is really up to the league to help the retired players that are struggling not the NFLPA. To take a word from our President, Gene Upshaw is not the decider of the NFL and it's vast resources. That would be the commissioner.
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Old 06-06-2007, 07:03 PM   #17
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Exactly. Complain to the players or the league, but not Upshaw. He's simply the mouthpiece of the players.
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Old 06-07-2007, 03:59 PM   #18
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Re: Gene Upshaw threatens retired player.

Do any of you get the emails from The Card Cellar? They are having Joe Demallure (sp?) at an appearance. Who's got the balls to ask him about this?
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Old 06-07-2007, 04:02 PM   #19
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Exactly. Complain to the players or the league, but not Upshaw. He's simply the mouthpiece of the players.
That's a hell of a mouthpiece then, I'm sure the players or league don't want to be represented by someone saying he'll break someone's neck. Any way you look at it, it just wasn't appropriate or professional.
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Old 06-07-2007, 04:18 PM   #20
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That's a hell of a mouthpiece then, I'm sure the players or league don't want to be represented by someone saying he'll break someone's neck. Any way you look at it, it just wasn't appropriate or professional.
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Old 06-07-2007, 05:04 PM   #21
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Few weeks ago I was standing in line at Starbuck's at Tyson's Corner Mall. Out of nowhere Gene U. rolls up to the newspaper stand which is near the register. He starts taking the newspaper apart like he was looking for a specific article, you know. So I'm like shit...that's Gene Upshaw!, let me get his autograph. I didn't have a pen or paper on hand and I was too far away from the front to get out of line to ask for one. Before I could get my hands on a pen, old Gene rolled out with the entire newspaper without paying one red cent! I thought it was hillarious!

I think I was the only one that even noticed!!
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Old 06-07-2007, 07:17 PM   #22
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Re: Gene Upshaw threatens retired player.

You can tell by Joe D's wording that he is laying the groundwork for a possible lawsuit.

Did the term 'emotional duress' come to mind when anyone else read that?
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Old 06-07-2007, 11:00 PM   #23
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The reason for the " Old Timers" not liking Gene , is because ,,, HE IS ONE OF THEM . The players of today make enough $$$ in two or three years to set themselves up for life . The players of yesterday were taxed to death on what they made , had high inflation and massive interest rates to pay . Maybe Upshaw has no say in the matter , but he should make more of an effort to help the guys he played with . Of course the NFL , owners and current players could do something to help , i think it would be sad if they took no interst in the guys who are paying the price in health now for the sport they took to the top . We need to Remember , guys back in the day did not have the medical teams like the players of today , you blew out a knee before 1980 and you were as good as done in most cases .
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Old 06-10-2007, 04:49 AM   #24
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Maybe Upshaw has no say in the matter , but he should make more of an effort to help the guys he played with . Of course the NFL , owners and current players could do something to help , i think it would be sad if they took no interst in the guys who are paying the price in health now for the sport they took to the top .
Amen. Couldn't agree more.
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