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 Legacy
After 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.
Legal Education And Career
Alan Page’s dedication to the law began during his time as a professional football player and has continued for decades since. In 1985, he was appointed Special Assistant Attorney General and was quickly promoted to Assistant Attorney General.
In 1992, he became the first African-American to be elected to an open seat as an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. He has since been re-elected to the seat three times, in 1998, 2004 and 2010.
Dedication To Service And Community Support
Throughout his service, Alan Page has remained active in various community organizations – not the least of which is his involvement with the Page Education Foundation. His persistence and devotion to helping Minnesota’s young people demonstrate the values on which the Page Foundation was built and provide a powerful example to Page Scholars.