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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Foreman rips NFLPA, Upshaw

Add former Vikings running back Chuck Foreman to the long list of critics who think the NFL and NFL Players Association could and should do a much better job of providing for former players.

"I think it's shameful, personally," said Foreman, who will be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor on Sunday. "I think the history of the game and what it is today was built on those people back in the '50s, '60s and '70s and they're being ignored and it shouldn't be that way. It really is a shame."

Foreman mentioned the cases of several aging players, including former Vikings guard Brent Boyd, who are dealing with serious health issues.

The Vikings' second-leading all-time rusher also took a direct shot at the NFLPA's executive director, Gene Upshaw.

"I'm very disappointed in how Gene Upshaw has defined his importance in the matter," Foreman said. "Regardless of his stance and the players association stance, he's got to remember that we put him in there back in the '70s."


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