Alan Page and his wife, Diane Sims Page, founded the Page Education Foundation in 1988, on Alan Page’s selection to the NFL Hall of Fame. He now serves as a Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court – a distinguished position he achieved after a long legal career that began while he was still playing professional football for the Minnesota Vikings.His achievements in both athletics and his legal career reflect his work ethic and the high value he places on education. His personal example serves as the cornerstone for our efforts to support youth of color in Minnesota through the Page Education Foundation.
College And Professional Football LegacyAfter graduating from high school in Canton, Ohio, Alan Page attended the University of Notre Dame, where he led the Division 1 football team to a national championship in 1966.He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 1967 and debuted as a defensive tackle. During his career with the Vikings, Alan Page attended the University of Minnesota Law School. He received his Juris Doctor in 1978 and shortly thereafter began playing for the Chicago Bears. He continued to practice law outside of the football season, ultimately retiring as a player in 1981 and committing to a career in law.Alan Page had a long list of awards and achievements during his football career. In 1971, he became the first defensive player to be named the NFL Most Valuable Player. He was an All-American at Notre Dame, was All-Pro for nine years and was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame in 1988.
"The lessons that I learned from professional football were many: hard work, discipline, focus, the ability to analyze a problem and work through it. To accept that you don't always win and when you do win that doesn't change who you are." Alan C. Page, 2005