Hall of Fame Story - Gene Upshaw


G - Texas A&I
Joined Raiders: First-round draft choice, 1967

Inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 8, 1987... All-Pro or All-Conference eight times, played in six Pro Bowls and one AFL All-Star Game... Games played (217) is second-most in team history... Missed only one league game in career... 207 consecutive league games and starts are both second on Raider list...  First player in NFL history to participate in Super Bowls in three different decades (after 1967,1976 and 1980 seasons)... Holds Raider all-time record with 24 playoff game starts... Offensive team captain for nine years (1973-81)... Only second guard inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame... During 15-year active pro career, the Raiders made 11 playoff appearances, won eight division titles, one AFL Championship, two AFC titles and two World Championships of Professional Football... Named to AFL-NFL 25-year All-Star, NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time and All-Monday Night Teams... Chosen to the Hall of Fame in first year of eligibility... Served as executive director of NFL Players Association from 1983 until his passing in 2008.