Al Davis on Upshaw's death

Posted by ESPN.com' s Bill Williamson

The Raiders just released a statement from Oakland owner Al Davis on the death of Gene Upshaw:

The Raider Organization, the National Football League, and the world have lost a great man. Gene Upshaw's career successes as a professional football player and a union leader are unparalleled. He is as prominent a sportsman as the world has known. He was and will remain a part of the fabric of our lives and of the Raider mystique and legacy. We loved him and he loved us. We will miss him. Our hearts go out to Terri and the boys.