Aug. 21 Update: My prayers are with Gene Upshaw and his family. He passed away this morning. 8/21.
Gene Upshaw is supposed to be representing all of the NFL Players' best interests including one of the game's biggest stars.
So where is Gene while Green Bay does everything in it's power to keep Brett Favre off of an NFL field?
Here are the facts:
1. Brett wants to play
2. Green Bay doesn't want him as their QB
3. Green Bay doesn't want him to play for anyone else
I'm not a Favre fan, I think it's ironic that his biggest problem on the field is his biggest problem off the field: Decision Making. But I'm really not in favor of indentured servitude and that's what this amounts too.
I know, you say, "hey he retired." Yes, that was yesterday and today he wants to play. So if Green Bay doesn't want him, they need to let him go.
I did a google search on these key words in the search "Gene Upshaw Brett Favre." I could not find one entry that has Gene commenting on the Brett Favre ordeal. Do you think Donald Fehr head of the MLBPA would sit back and watch if Derek Jeter wanted to play baseball and the Yankees wouldn't let him play anywhere?
Its' time for Gene Upshaw and the Players Union to get off their rear and get to Green Bay. One of their biggest stars is getting pushed and bullied around.
If a player wants to play, but his contracted team doesn't want him, does that team have the right to stop him from playing for anyone?