Wednesday, June 6, 2007

The Idiot File: Gene Upshaw

Well, those in America and in the world in positions of power are held to a higher standard than the rest of us.

Based on their compensation, perks and responsibility, those who are in the rank and file expect a lot more of those in charge. Whether, it is interpersonal relationships, speaking in public or just being in charge, there’s a expectation of professionalism; well, much greater than the guy sitting in a cubicle.

This week, the head of the NFL Players Association, Gene Upshaw crossed a line. Mr. Upshaw is facing a barrage of criticism from ex-football players who want greater compensation from the pension fund to help take care of their life after football, especially in terms of medical care.

NFL Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure took Upshaw to task recently, and has been one of his most ardent critics.

This is what Gene Upshaw said in response to Joe DeLamielleure:

From ESPN: Hall of Fame guard Joe DeLamielleure, one of the leading advocates of retired NFL players who are in need of financial assistance, isn't taking what Upshaw said in last week's Philadelphia Daily News lightly. In the interview, Upshaw defended his record for helping retired players and zeroed in on DeLamielleure, who has previously called for Upshaw's ouster.

"A guy like DeLamielleure says the things he said about me, you think I'm going to invite him to dinner? No. I'm going to break his ... damn neck," Upshaw was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

According to the Daily News, Upshaw also said he told a group of Hall of Famers in 2006: "I'm not one to turn the other cheek. You're not going to hit me in the nose and I'm going to sit there and smile."


Now, Mr. Upshaw – tough talk is fine on the field, and is accepted; however, you cannot pull that stunt off in corporate America where such language would get a person in your position fired.

You're an elder statesman of the NFL, learn how to keep your emotions in check. The game ended for you a generation ago.

The NFL is the most popular sport in America, and perhaps has one of the most prominent union in America, and what was said out of his mouth was silly.

In light of everything, Mr. DeLamielleure, I doubt Gene Upshaw would go through with this threat. I think he said it in jest and out of anger, but in the end, it was an idiotic thing to say – especially from a union head.

2 comments:

3RunHomer said...

Gene Upshaw has always been an awful union leader. Look at how much more the unions have done for baseball and basketball players. Football players don't even get a decent shot at free agency.

Upshaw is the owners' pet.

Maryland Orioles' Fan said...

I agree.

He's been unprofessional, time and time again.

One of the problems I have with him is that he's only looking at the best interests of the current players, rather than those who played in the past.

It seems to be that the NFL Players Association could care less about the men who built the game, and are suffering today.

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