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Statement of
Darryl R. Matthews, Sr.
General President
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc
Thursday, August 21, 2008

Gene Upshaw Enters Omega Chapter


 (BALTIMORE, MD)—Today our hearts are saddened at the death of Gene Upshaw, one of the community’s outstanding citizens and among the stalwart finest members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  In ceremonial rest he is enrolled in Omega Chapter, our chapter of rest for brothers departed.On behalf of all the members of Alpha, I send condolences to his family, friends, the sports world and the broader community which he touched through his life’s work.


It was first through his passion as a player in the game of footballPhoto Credit: Robert Burroughs that he made his impact on our lives, however, it is through his entire career, both as a player, a community servant and as the head of the National Football League Players Association that articulates the true life and legacy this NLF Hall of Famer leaves.


We proudly honor this Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. today. He may be gone physically, but his spirit, his fraternal spirit, will remain with all us forever.


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