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Alan C. Page


Alan Cedric Page was born August 7, 1945, in Canton, Ohio. He graduated from Canton’s Central Catholic High School in 1964, received his B.A. in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 1967, and received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1978. Justice Page is particularly notable for the fact that he is both a member of the NFL Hall of Fame and an Associate Justice with the Minnesota Supreme Court. He is married to Diane Sims Page and is the father of four children, Nina, Georgi, Justin, and Kamie.

Following high school, Justice Page attended the University of Notre Dame, where he led the school’s storied football program to a national championship in 1966. That same year, Page was named a college football All-American for his achievements on the field. Those achievements led, in 1993, to Page’s induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Following his graduation from Notre Dame, Page was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings, for whom he played from 1967 until 1978. In 1978, Page joined the Chicago Bears, with whom he played through the 1981 season.

During Page’s tenure, the Vikings won an impressive four conference titles. Page played in 218 consecutive games without an absence, during which he recovered 22 fumbles, made 148-1/2 sacks, and scored three touchdowns (two on fumble recoveries and one on an interception return). He also had three safeties, the second most in NFL history.

While in the NFL, Page earned All-Pro honors six times and was voted to nine consecutive Pro Bowls. In addition, he was voted the NEA NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1973, and made second-team all-league three additional times. In 1971, Page was named both the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year and the AP’s NFL Most Valuable Player. Page was only the second defensive player to be named MVP since the award’s inception. In 1988, Page was further honored by his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In addition to his achievements on the field, Page served as a National Football League Players Association player representative and as a member of the NFLPA Executive Committee.

Long before Page’s football career came to a close, he was laying the groundwork for his future role as a justice with the Minnesota Supreme Court. While playing professional football full-time, Page attended the University of Minnesota Law School, from which he received his law degree in 1978. Following graduation, he worked with the law firm of Lindquist and Vennum in Minneapolis from 1979 to 1984. In 1985, Page was appointed Special Assistant Attorney General, and was soon thereafter promoted to Assistant Attorney General.

In 1992, Page was elected to an open seat as an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, becoming the first African-American to ever serve on that court. He was re-elected in 1998, becoming the biggest vote-getter in Minnesota history, and was again re-elected in 2004.

Far surpassing both his impressive achievements on the playing field and in the courtroom are the philanthropic contributions Justice Page has made to those in need. In 1988, Page and his wife Diane founded the Page Education Foundation. That Foundation provides much-needed financial and mentoring assistance to minority college students, in exchange for those students’ commitment to further volunteer service in the community. As of today, the Page Foundation has awarded grants to 3,320 students, who in turn have given over 220,000 hours of their own time to young children. Upon his retirement from the bench, Justice Page hopes to become a public school teacher, so that he might make an even more personal impact on the children the Foundation has served for the past 20 years.

Justice Page’s contributions to the community have not gone unnoticed, and he has been the recipient of a number of awards recognizing the impact he has made on the lives of children throughout the nation. He has also received Honorary Doctorates in Humane Letters from the University of Notre Dame, Winston-Salem State University, and Gustavus Adolphus College, as well as Honorary Doctorates of Laws from the University of Notre Dame, St. John’s University, Westfield State College, Luther College, and the University of New Haven.

On a more personal note, Justice Page has a passion for running and runs on a regular basis. Notably, in 1979, Page became the first active NFL player to complete a marathon. In 1987, he completed the Edmund Fitzgerald 100k Road Race in Duluth, Minnesota.



Post NFL Awards
2007 The Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, Charlotte Touchdown Club
2007 Council on Crime and Justice “Equal Justice Award”
2007 University of Minnesota African American “Read-In Program Award”
2007 Included in Minnesota’s Legal Hall of Fame, Minnesota Law & Politics
2007 Trumpet Awards Foundation Honoree
2006 St. Paul Urban League “Willie Mae Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award”
2006 Minnesota MILE (Motivating & Inspiring Leadership and Excellence) “Extra Mile Award”
2005 National Football Foundation Distinguished American Award
2004 Theodore Roosevelt Award (NCAA), awarded to varsity athletes who go on to become distinguished citizens of national reputation
2003 Scholarship America President’s Award
2002 Inducted into International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame
2001 Minnesota Business Partnership “Connecting With Youth Lifetime Achievement Award”
2001 Academic All-American Hall of Fame, 2001 Dick Enberg Award
2001 University of Minnesota Distinguished Alumni Award
1999 Sports Illustrated’s “The 50 Greatest Sports Figures from Ohio”
1999 Star Tribune’s “100 Influential Minnesotans of the Century”
1999 Star Tribune’s “100 Most Important Sports Figures of the Century”
1999 Ranked number 34 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Football
Players
1995 NFL Alumni Career Achievement Award
1994 Aetna Voice of Conscience Arthur Ashe Jr. Achiever Award
1993 WCCO Radio Distinguished Good Neighbor Award
1993 Inducted into College Football Hall of Fame
1993 East-West Game “Babe Hollingbery” Award
1992 Silver Anniversary Award (NCAA) for achievement of personal distinction
after graduation
1992 U.S. Sports Academy Theodore Roosevelt Meritorious Service Award
1992 Notre Dame Alumni “Reverend Edward Frederick Sorin, C.S.C.” Award
1991 Inducted into Chicago’s Inner City Sports Hall of Fame
1991 National Education Association “Friend of Education” Award
1990 Inducted into the Nike Walk of Fame
1989 Dedicated “Alan Page Drive” in Canton, Ohio
1988 Walter Camp “Alumni of the Year” Award
1988 Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, Ohio
1981 Selected by U.S. Jaycees as one of America’s Ten Outstanding Young Men

Professional Organizations & Community Involvement
Member, Minnesota State Bar Association, 1979-1985, 1990-present
Member, National Bar Association, 1979-present
Member, American Bar Association, 1979-present
Member, Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, 1980-present
Member, Advisory Board, Mixed Blood Theater, 1984-present
Board of Directors, Minneapolis Urban League, 1987-1990
Founder, Page Education Foundation, 1988
Member, Board of Regents, University of Minnesota, 1989-1993
Member, Institute of Bill of Rights Law Task Force on Drug Testing in the Workplace, 1990-1991
Member, American Law Institute, 1993-present
Helped establish the Kodak/Alan Page Challenge, a nationwide essay contest encouraging urban youth to recognize the value of education.
 

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