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Extended circle of colleagues gather to share memories of Upshaw

Updated: September 8, 2008, 2:30 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- A stirring mix of laughter and tears filled the concert hall of the Kennedy Center on Tuesday as family, teammates and colleagues celebrated the life of Hall of Fame lineman and longtime NFL union head Gene Upshaw.

"He was my friend. He was my brother. I will never forget him," said Art Shell, who played alongside Upshaw on the Oakland Raiders offensive line for more than a decade. "Uppy, I'll miss you."

About 1,000 people gathered for the three-hour service, which featured ...

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