Robstown, Texas, native Gene Upshaw played tackle, center and end for coaching legend Gil Steinke at Texas A&I. An All-America selection in 1966, he became the first round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders. From 1967-1981 Upshaw played on Raiders teams that made 11 playoff appearances, won eight division titles, one AFL Championship, two AFC titles and two World Championships in Super Bowls XI and XV. The 6',5 255 lb. left guard was known for his lead blocks on sweeps around the Raider's left end. He was an eight time All-Pro who played in six NFL Pro Bowls and one AFL All-Star Game. Upshaw also holds Raider records for most games played (217) and most playoff starts and appearances (24). He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.