Browns player rep Darnell Dinkins on the passing of Gene Upshaw:
''Gene Upshaw led us, it's unfortunate to see him pass away. The main thing we need to focus on is backing his family. It was so unexpected.
''Since Gene has been here, there was no union at first. We went from having nothing to all the things we have now. Now all the stuff that's going on, it's unfortunate to see him pass.
''Gene Upshaw was a player first. That's one of the best things about him, he was so diversified, going from being a Hall of Fame player to an excellent businessman. He led by example, he was always on point and led us well. The last time I spoke with him was about a week after we came back from Hawaii, we were going over the Collective Bargaining Agreement. He was a down to earth guy. For the last 26 years he's led us ... through a strike. He was just a class guy as executive director.''