Alan Page receives Presidential Medal of Freedom on Friday

Former state Supreme Court justice, NFL great, among seven to gain civilian honor

Susie Jones
November 10, 2018 - 10:26 am
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Alan Page, who had a hall of fame NFL career and later served as a Minnesota Supreme Court justice, is among the seven recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The ceremony honoring Page and others takes place at the White House on Friday.

The award is given to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

Here is the full citation for Page in the press release that went out on Saturday;

Justice Alan Page is an accomplished jurist, athlete, and philanthropist. After a successful college football career at the University of Notre Dame, he played 15 years in the National Football League with the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. He started in four Super Bowls, was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1971, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988. While playing for the Vikings, he obtained his law degree and practiced law during the off-season. After retiring from the NFL in 1981, Justice Page practiced law full-time before winning a seat on the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1992. He served for more than 20 years. Since 1988, his Page Education Foundation has provided scholarships to nearly 7,000 students.

From its inception, the Foundation has offered money and encouragement to students of color facing incredible barriers to attaining their educational dreams,"We have spent our entire lives trying to be of service," said Justice Page, who was a guest of WCCO Radio's Roshini Rajkumar on Sunday's News and Views program.

Page said he is honored to join the ranks of other great Americans, "If you look at past recipients like Rosa Parks, Dr. Robert Cowles, who spent his life researching and trying to understand the effects of poverty on children, to be included with people like that, to have my name linked to people like that, is pretty amazing."

Page said the students who have been given funds are required to help younger people as tutors, mentors and role models," Sending a strong clear message to those young kids that education is a tool that they can use to make their lives better, and the lives of those in the community better as well."

Page was an all-pro defensive lineman for the Vikings from 1967 to 1978, and graduated from the University of Minnesota law school and was elected to the state's highest court in 1992.

Page retired from the bench in 2015. 

Also winning the Presidential Medal of Freedom are Miriam Adelson, the wife of a prominent GOP donor; US Senator Orrin Hatch; and Dallas Cowboys hall of fame quarterback Roger Staubach.

Posthumous awards are going to Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia; baseball legend Babe Ruth; and the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley.