In the wake of a tough loss to a bitter rival we are going to take a moment to think about something slightly more positive this week. The example that Alan Page has set for us both on, and off the football field.
In the early 60's Page was a heavily recruited football prospect out of Canton, Ohio that ultimately chose Notre Dame due to its reputation for strong academics. Once on campus in South Bend, Page started at Defensive End for Notre Dame Head Football Coach Ara Parseghian from 1964 to 1966. During his Notre Dame Career Page recorded 134 tackles, 63 of which he registered during the 1966 National Title season.
After graduating from Notre Dame Page was selected as the 15th overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. Page went on to play for the Vikings through the 1978 season when he joined the Chicago Bears. Page then played for the Bears through 1981.
Throughout his 15 year NFL career Page was a force to be reckoned with on the Defensive Line. Page registered 148.5 sacks during his career and played in a remarkable 218 consecutive games. Page was selected to the Pro Bowl 9 times and was named the AP NFL Most Valuable Player in 1971. In 1988 Page was inducted into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame in his home town of Canton, Ohio.
Even more remarkable than his accomplishments on the field Page graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1978 and began practicing law during the off season. This ultimately laid the groundwork for an extremely impressive legal career.
In 1992 Page was elected as an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. He was the first African American to ever serve on that court. He has since been reelected three more times, most recently in 2010.
In addition to his exploits on the football field and in the courtroom Justice Page and his wife Diane started the Page Education Foundation in 1988, the same year that he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The foundation provides financial assistance and mentoring to minority college students. In exchange those students offer mentoring to school age children broadening the reach of the benefits that they receive to future generations.
Alan Page truly exemplifies all that is the University of Notre Dame.
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