Gene Upshaw’s Hall of Fame career inspired many members of Raider Nation. Now even in death his legacy will live on inspiring cancer patients and the doctors who treat them alike through the recently opened Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center.
Yesterday the center was officially opened and in attendance for the ceremony was Upshaw’s widow, Marcus Allen and Tom Flores.
The Raider legend will be remembered by football fans as one of the greatest lineman to ever play the game. But to many more his name will be associated with the greatest battle our country has ever known – the fight to prevent, treat and hopefully one day cure cancer.
After his playing days ended Upshaw became the executive director of the NFLPA in 1983 before passing away in 2008 due to pancreatic cancer. For the better part of three decades Upshaw was a part-time resident of the NorCal town Truckee where the cancer center bearing his name now resides.