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June 6, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
NFL union head Gene Upshaw has never been one to hide his emotions. An ex-NFL player thinks this time he's gone too far. Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure said he takes literally remarks Upshaw made in Friday's Daily News that he'd like to "break his . . . damn neck. " "At first, I was angry," DeLamielleure told the Charlotte Observer on Monday. "All the competitiveness comes out in you and I thought, 'I'd like to see him try.' But then reality sets in. "My wife was petrified.
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October 4, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
NFL Players Association chief Gene Upshaw said yesterday he would end the 12-day strike without a contract agreement "if that's what the players wanted. " Upshaw, in Texas for his grandmother's funeral, said he had been discussing the option with players across the country this week. NFLPA assistant director Doug Allen said that the union office had received several inquiries from players, who had heard that Upshaw told the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday that he was considering ordering the players back.
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October 16, 1987 | By TIM KAWAKAMI, Daily News Sports Writer
To salvage any molecule of leverage they have forfeited away through this 24-day strike, the NFL players union has turned to the courts of this land. Desperate? Yes. Effective? It depends. Planned from the very beginning? Almost impossible. But the lawsuit is a last hope, a last chip for the players before their union was brushed off the table like a bread crumb. So the union sent in the troops yesterday, called off the walkout and filed an antitrust suit in Minneapolis that challenges the NFL draft, the league's system of free agency and just about anything else the players consider unjust in the game.
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April 9, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Matt Stover, Baltimore's veteran kicker, has begun a campaign to oust Gene Upshaw as executive director of the NFL Players Association by next March. Stover's action comes at a time when the union could be heading for critical negotiations with the league on the collective bargaining agreement. "Matt Stover has no clue," Upshaw told ESPN yesterday. "Whoever is pulling his chain is doing a disservice to the union. I could understand the idea that they need to get rid of me if I wasn't doing a good job but, shoot, the owners are mad because they think I've done too good of a job. " Upshaw also confirmed to ESPN that there was an attempt to change union leadership at the March meetings in Maui.
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May 17, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
NFL owners could opt out of their agreement with the players union next week, leaving open the possibility of a 2010 season without a salary cap. The labor agreement is on the agenda for the league meetings in Atlanta on Tuesday. "If they don't do it next week then it will be soon after that," Gene Upshaw, the executive director of the NFL Players Association, said yesterday. "They want to opt out and we don't. " In the agreement signed in March 2006, both sides were given the right to get out of the deal by Nov. 8, 2008.
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January 24, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
There's no way the turf at Veterans Stadium can get any worse. Only because it won't be around next season. The NFL Players Association released its biennial ranking of playing surfaces yesterday. And surprise: The Vet ranked worst in the league once more, giving it a clean sweep of the worst spot since the survey began in 1994. "It's true," NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw said. "It's a horrible field. Just awful. " With the Vet gone, Giants Stadium becomes the next NFLPA target.
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November 3, 1989 | From Inquirer Wire Services
NFL Players Association head Gene Upshaw yesterday rejected calls by management to resume contract talks following a court ruling that gutted the union's antitrust suit against the league and said decertification of the NFLPA was a "very serious" option. A three-judge federal appeals court panel sitting in St. Louis ruled 2-1 on Wednesday that the free-agency provisions of the old contract between the NFL and the union could not be challenged as a violation of federal antitrust laws simply because labor negotiations had stalled, thereby eliminating the possibility of monetary damages against the league.
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September 12, 1988 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players Association, dismissed as "ridiculous" yesterday a newspaper report that he and his union were being investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor for allegedly using union funds illegally. The newspaper, the Boston Globe, quoted unidentified sources in Washington who said Upshaw illegally misused union funds and tried to conceal his actions. The sources also alleged that Upshaw received an increase in salary with the knowledge of union board members, but never disclosed it and did not pay taxes on it. Upshaw acknowledged that the players' union was the target of an audit by the department, but he said it was a routine one. He denied any wrongdoing by himself or any other union official.
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September 2, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
The NFL Players Association has confirmed it is the target of a federal investigation into whether union leaders attempted to collude with NFL officials by holding secret meetings to discuss labor talks. NFLPA official George Atallah said yesterday the union has been cooperating with the Department of Labor probe, which came to light in a lawsuit filed against the union last week by NFLPA employee Mary Moran. She claims she was wrongfully removed from her job as director of human resources and placed on administrative leave with pay on Aug. 3 because of her role as a confidential informant in the investigation.
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February 25, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
The NFL Players Association has retained a lawyer to determine whether one of its leading candidates to become executive director - former Eagle Troy Vincent - revealed confidential information about player agents. "Counsel is also investigating what if anything was done with any personal information that may have been transmitted," the union said in a statement released yesterday. The union has retained Joseph Yablonski, who has worked with the NFLPA as an outside counsel in the past.
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March 21, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
WHEN YOU cover any group of professional athletes for an extended amount of time, you get a sense of which ones are only living in the moment and which ones always have the gears turning in their heads with a look to the future. Former Eagles cornerback Troy Vincent was one of those guys you always knew had a well-designed plan for what was going to be next after his playing career ended. In a lot of ways, you had the sense that he might have a bigger impact on the NFL in his postplaying days than he did while he was becoming a five-time Pro Bowl player.
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September 21, 2011 | BY PAUL HAGEN, hagenp@phillynews.com
NOW THAT the National Football League has settled its labor issues, the season has begun and everything appears right about the league. Almost . . . Last week, 28 former NFL players, including Chuck Bednarik, filed a class-action federal lawsuit against the NFL Players Association, seeking at least $5 million in damages. The lawsuit alleges current players interfered with negotiations on the new collective bargaining agreement and kept money from the retirees. NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis said the union had no comment on the lawsuit.
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September 2, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
The NFL Players Association has confirmed it is the target of a federal investigation into whether union leaders attempted to collude with NFL officials by holding secret meetings to discuss labor talks. NFLPA official George Atallah said yesterday the union has been cooperating with the Department of Labor probe, which came to light in a lawsuit filed against the union last week by NFLPA employee Mary Moran. She claims she was wrongfully removed from her job as director of human resources and placed on administrative leave with pay on Aug. 3 because of her role as a confidential informant in the investigation.
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March 13, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
After a year of being poked and prodded, his life and businesses exposed to unprecedented scrutiny and his character questioned, Troy Vincent sits comfortably on a wooden chair in the middle of his office and holds up a hand to form a zero. That, in one symbolic gesture, is what Vincent says the myriad allegations fired at him - often by anonymous sources quoted in various media reports - amount to. He'll find out this weekend in Hawaii whether he's right, as the final stage unfolds in a highly politicized and ugly search process to determine who will succeed the late Gene Upshaw as the NFL Players Association's next executive director.
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February 25, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
The NFL Players Association has retained a lawyer to determine whether one of its leading candidates to become executive director - former Eagle Troy Vincent - revealed confidential information about player agents. "Counsel is also investigating what if anything was done with any personal information that may have been transmitted," the union said in a statement released yesterday. The union has retained Joseph Yablonski, who has worked with the NFLPA as an outside counsel in the past.
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August 22, 2008 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Once upon a time, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that former Eagles cornerback and Trenton native Troy Vincent would become the next executive director of the National Football League Players Association. The news came yesterday that Gene Upshaw, the head of the players union since 1983, had died at the age of 63 from pancreatic cancer. While it still seems logical that Vincent is a leading candidate to replace Upshaw, events of the recent past have clouded what direction the union will follow.
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August 22, 2008 | By Ashley Fox INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He was perhaps the greatest left guard to ever play the game, but Gene Upshaw will be remembered for his 25 years as executive director of the National Football League Players Association, a role in which he ushered the players through a strike, the salary cap, and free agency, and to unfathomable wealth. Upshaw died Wednesday night at the age of 63 from pancreatic cancer at his home in Lake Tahoe, Calif. He reportedly had been diagnosed with the disease on Sunday. A first-ballot Hall of Famer in 1987 after a 15-year career with the Oakland Raiders, Upshaw rose from a kid who picked cotton in rural Texas to one of the most powerful men in professional sports.
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May 17, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
NFL owners could opt out of their agreement with the players union next week, leaving open the possibility of a 2010 season without a salary cap. The labor agreement is on the agenda for the league meetings in Atlanta on Tuesday. "If they don't do it next week then it will be soon after that," Gene Upshaw, the executive director of the NFL Players Association, said yesterday. "They want to opt out and we don't. " In the agreement signed in March 2006, both sides were given the right to get out of the deal by Nov. 8, 2008.
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April 9, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Matt Stover, Baltimore's veteran kicker, has begun a campaign to oust Gene Upshaw as executive director of the NFL Players Association by next March. Stover's action comes at a time when the union could be heading for critical negotiations with the league on the collective bargaining agreement. "Matt Stover has no clue," Upshaw told ESPN yesterday. "Whoever is pulling his chain is doing a disservice to the union. I could understand the idea that they need to get rid of me if I wasn't doing a good job but, shoot, the owners are mad because they think I've done too good of a job. " Upshaw also confirmed to ESPN that there was an attempt to change union leadership at the March meetings in Maui.
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September 19, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Suspended defensive tackle Tank Johnson signed a 2-year contract yesterday with the Dallas Cowboys. Johnson, who played the last three seasons for the Chicago Bears, can't play for the Cowboys and won't be paid until he completes his eight-game NFL suspension for violating probation on a gun charge. He has served the first two games of that suspension and will still have to apply for reinstatement. Johnson signed after visiting with the Cowboys and taking a physical. He will make about $255,000 this season, the prorated portion of a minimum contract.
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