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NFLPA renames community service award after Alan Page

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Just one more thing to add to his legacy

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The National Football League Players Association has just announced that they have named their annual community service award after a man who was not only one of the league’s all-time greats on the field, but has carved out one hell of a legacy for himself off of it as well.

The NFLPA has just announced that their annual community service award will now be known as the NFLPA Alan Page Community Award.

The following is an excerpt from the press release put out by the NFLPA:

Since 1967, the NFLPA has annually recognized one player who goes above and beyond to perform community service in his hometown and team city. Previously named after former NFL running back and Supreme Court Justice Byron “Whizzer” White, the APC Award will continue in this tradition, serving as the highest honor that the NFLPA can bestow upon a player.

Page was not only incredible on the field. . .he’s still only one of two defensive players to ever be named an NFL Most Valuable Player. . .but his off-field resume might be even more impressive. He was voted an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1992, and served in that capacity until 2015, when he reached the Court’s mandatory retirement age of 70. He and his wife, Diane Sims Page, founded the Alan Page Educational Foundation in 1988, providing financial assistance and mentoring to minority students in exchange for a continued commitment to community service.

(He was also named the greatest member of the Minnesota Vikings by the readers of this very website, an award that surely has to carry some merit, I would think.)

Congratulations to the great Alan Page in adding yet another page to his outstanding legacy.