View Full Version : Rooney, Upshaw were 'pretty close'

08-22-2008, 11:23 PM
"When I had my 50th wedding anniversary, he and his wife Terri came," Rooney said. "He came to my father's and my mother's funeral.

"We had that kind of relationship, pretty close."

Now that Upshaw, 63, has died of pancreatic cancer, the NFL Players Association has lost its executive director and the NFL Management Council is without an important adversary/ally, one who spoke Rooney's language.

"He had the game at heart," Rooney said. "And that's what it gets down to, are we doing something that's going to hurt the game? He would never let that happen.

"Hopefully, there are people out there that will have the same attitude. They will not, obviously, have the same knowledge, the same background."

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The NFL lost a good man.