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Another former player placing blame, but this time it has nothing to do with Owens

This time it’s former Dallas QB Quincy Carter throwing out the blame for his failed NFL career. As reported on ProFootballTalk.com in a videotaped interview on DFWReporting.com. Carter blames Jerry Jones for releasing him for a failed drug test and poor performance at the start of training camp in 2004. Calling it a “Billionaire Power Play”.

“When you got a quarterback who’s . . . failing drug tests, that would weigh heavy on me if I was a billionaire owner and I owned the Dallas Cowboys I would have to make some business decisions, too,” Carter said.  “Now how he went about it was just — that was bad. . . .  You just don’t do people like that and just leave them in the dust like that.”

Carter also believes he would still be the starting QB for the Cowboys if he was never released…

“Tony Romo wouldn’t even be playing for the Cowboys right now,”

Carter filed a grievance against the Cowboys challenging his termination, but that failed. Carter made some strong comments against owner Jerry Jones…

“The main reason I think I lost it [is] because the NFLPA weren’t able to come up with the actual press conference where Jerry Jones said he is not releasing me because of my play,”

“I think honestly that he had the NFL . . . lose those tapes.  That’s how much power — and I know because how close I was to him and how much I got into . . . being a Dallas Cowboy, I know how much power he has within the whole NFL.”

Quincy Carter was the Cowboys starting QB in 2003, which was Bill Parcells first year in Dallas. Carter and the Cowboys went 10-6 in 2003 and lost to the Panthers in the playoffs 29-10. He threw for 3,302 yards to go along with his 17 touchdown passes and 21 interceptions. In his four year NFL career which was from 2001-04 Carter had 6,337 yards passing, 32 TD’s and 37 INT’s. His last season which was 2004 he played for the New York Jets.

You can see the videotaped interview here.

http://dfwreporting.com/2009/05/11/test1/

Gene Upshaw the Ambassador of the Game

Like many, I awoke this morning to hear the sad news that Gene Upshaw had passed away. I did not know Upshaw personally or anything, but I watched him so much as a Raider, I feel like I lost a friend.  He was a legendary Raider that prevented would be tacklers from getting to the quarterback and consistently, with Art Shell, opened gaping holes for a running game that was nearly unstoppable.

Seven Pro Bowls, eleven all league or all conference selections, he was a pivotal cog on an offensive line that made it to the Super Bowl three times and won two while he held down the fort left of center.  It nearly seems appropriate that the Raiders’ and possibly the NFL’s greatest player to ever wear the number 63 also passed away at the age of 63.

Upshaw is part of the NFL’s 75 Year Anniversary All Time team, was the captain of the Raiders offensive unit for eight years.  During the fifteen years he spent as a Raider, the team went to the playoffs 11 times, won 8 divisional titles, one AFL Championship, two AFC titles, and two world championships.  He’s the only player in NFL history to participate in three different Super Bowls in three different decades.

This writer spent many Sundays watching Upshaw and the great Art Shell sweep right or sweep left and throwing lead blocks for Raider runners. It was sight for the football fan’s eyes.

Later after his playing days were over Upshaw was pivotal in getting many things done for the players in NFL as head of the (NFLPA) National Football League Players Association.

Player’s salaries have risen to unbelievable amounts while protected with pensions after three years of service. A rookie can now make a league minimum of $200,000.00 which was never the case when Upshaw came into the league. Over the years Upshaw worked behind the scenes and helped make the NFL one of the best systems in all of professional sports.

I think one of the greatest accomplishments Upshaw achieved as chief of the NFLPA is that the NFL marketing arm is both the owners and players walking hand in hand.

Gene Upshaw promoted all this unity between the players and the owners. He always worked on the belief that what was good for the players was good for the league and what was good for the league was good for the players. This was a tough act to balance, but if you grew up watching Gene Upshaw you knew he was a tough guy and could carry the load.

So tonight when we watch our heroes’ on the gridiron, take a moment to remember Gene Upshaw. The player, the pro-bowler, the NFL player executive and the man.
GO COWBOYS!!