May 10, 1987 |
His Oakland Raider teammates used to call Gene Upshaw "The Governor." He was a power-blocking, pulling guard who filibustered as an All-Pro and who ranked as one of the smoothest locker-room politicos anyone ever saw. One moment he was Mean Gene and then--blink!--he was Clean Gene in gabardine. "Gene was the prototype big guard who ran like a deer.