Alan Page Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom
Alan C. Page received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Nov. 16, one of this year’s seven distinguished recipients. Justice Page is an accomplished jurist, athlete, and philanthropist. An ALI member since 1993, he currently serves as an Adviser on Restatement of the Law, The Law of American Indians.
After a successful college football career at the University of Notre Dame, Justice Page 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.
Established by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor. It is awarded by the President of the United States to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the security or national interests of America, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. Past recipients of this prestigious award include notable contributors from a range of fields, including public service, medicine, journalism, entertainment, and business.
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