After a Hall of Fame football career and 23 years as a Minnesota Supreme Court Justice, Vikings legend Alan Page is shifting into retired life.
View photos of Pro Football Hall of Famer and Vikings Ring of Honor member, Alan Page, who celebrates his birthday on August 7.
Page's journey is a story of adventures and achievements that will be chronicled in "A Football Life," an hour-long documentary that will air for the first time at 8 p.m. (CT) today on NFL Network. Like all other NFL Network programming, the episode will be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), the NFL app delivered on XBOX from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network (NFL.com/watch), with participating cable and satellite providers.
Topics discussed in *Alan Page: A Football Life *are:
· The importance of education instilled from his parents throughout his life
· Questioning and challenging football and societal norms
· His strong on-field decision making and defensive presence
· His time as a Minnesota Supreme Court Justice
· Establishing the Page Education Foundation
· His dedication to his family, teams, and communities
· His wide variety of interests and hobbies, including his love for antique cars, playing tuba for the Twin Cities marathon and passion for long-distance running
The 15th overall pick of the 1967 draft played in 236 straight games with the Vikings, was chosen NFC Defensive Player of the Year four times and became the first defensive player to be selected as the NFL's Most Valuable Player (1971). He played in nine Pro Bowls and was named First-Team All-Pro six times. Page recorded 108.5 sacks with the Vikings and was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988, years after he helped pour the foundation for the venue in Canton, Ohio.
With the recognition Page received during his enshrinement, he opted to establish the Page Education Foundation, which has donated more than $12 million for 9,000-plus higher education scholarships to help more than 6,000 Minnesota students of color.
The Vikings recently held a celebration for family and friends to recognize Page's achievements. He told Vikings.com that goals will continue to be important.
"In my view, it's relatively simple," Page said. "You figure out what you want to do and set about trying to do it, and sometimes you're successful. Sometimes you're more successful than others, sometimes you're not as successful, but a big part of it is the journey, as well as the end destination."