TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — Five years after his sudden death from pancreatic cancer, NFL Hall of Famer Gene Upshaw's legacy lives on at a cancer treatment and medical research center in the Sierra.
A memorial fund Upshaw's family started after he died helped finance the opening last summer of the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center in Truckee.
This year the fund expanded its support to the Tahoe Institute for Rural Health Research, where scientists are studying traumatic brain injury. TBI is something near and dear to the former Raider who spoke out about concussions as a player and during 25 years as president of the NFL players' union.
Upshaw's wife, Terri, told the San Francisco Chronicle he always made a priority of giving back to the community where they spent many summers.
Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com