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Former Pleasanton resident, Hall of Famer Gene Upshaw dies

Original post made on Aug 21, 2008

Former Pleasanton resident and longtime executive director of the NFL Players Association Gene Upshaw has died. He was 63 years old.
Mr. Upshaw died Wednesday night at his Lake Tahoe home with his wife Terri and three sons, Eugene, Justin and Daniel by his side.

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Posted by Stephanie (Ricker) Schmalz
a resident of another community
on Aug 21, 2008 at 2:55 pm

I went to high school with Eugene - I think we had an English class together at Foothill (Ms. Hill). Eugene - My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of sadness. You can read some very loving messages on, your dad was admired by many!

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Posted by Linda Mitchell-Rodriguez
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 21, 2008 at 3:13 pm

Dear Eugene, Jr.,

I used to babysit you many years ago and remember your father always being very nice to me and also my family ~ the Mitchell's in San Ramon. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time.

Linda Mitchell-Rodriguez
San Francisco

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 22, 2008 at 12:39 am

Another good man goes down. I can still visualize him coming around the corner leading a sweep. Awesome sight to behold!!

Rest in peace, Mr. Raider...

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Posted by Another Gatetree Resident
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Aug 22, 2008 at 4:11 pm

My condolences go out to Gene's family. I so clearly remember the "Cinderella Season" -- that magical Super Bowl XV. Upshaw, Shell, Dalby, Marvin, and Lawrence allowed only one sack, and Jim Plunkett shined. Thank you Gene Upshaw for the wonderful memories!

It's never easy to explain how you feel when an icon passes away. I know he will be missed, and he left a hole in the lives of those around him. Gene is most certainly with God, and no longer in pain. May you rest in peace!

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