Alan Page, a Minnesota Supreme Court Justice who first gained fame as an All-Pro defensive lineman in the National Football League and is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, presented the spring Schooler Lecture at Mount Union, Wednesday, March 22, 1995.
Page, a Canton native, is Minnesota's first African-American Supreme Court Justice. He has established a foundation to provide college tuitions for underprivledged students and has co-sponsored a national essay-writing contest to promote literacy. Known for his staunch defense as a member of the "Purple People Eaters," the Minnesota Vikings' fierce defensive unit of the'70s, Page is now an ardent defender of equal education for all children..
Page's law career actually began during his NFL-playing days when he had the foresight to attend law school at the University of Minnesota at the height of his football career so he could be prepared for life after football. When he retired from football in 1981, he went to work for a Minnesota law firm before being appointed special assistant attorney general in Minnesota. In 1987 he became assistant attorney general and in 1993 became associate justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court.
A graduate of Central Catholic High School in Canton, he earned the B.A. degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 1967 and J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota in 1978. He also has three honorary doctorate degrees.
The recipient of numerous athletic and humanitarian awards, Page likes to think of football as a past chapter in his life. "If I could choose a way to be remembered, it wouldn't be by association with football," says Page. "Football is the past -- a good past, but I'd want to be remembered with children -- my children and other children."
The Page Education Foundation has produced 180 Page Scholars. In addition to helping provide college tuitions, the Foundation requires its scholars to spend a minimum of four hours per month teaching or tutoring younger students.
Page and his wife Diane are the parents of four children.