Another day, another accolade for Minnesota Vikings legend Alan Page for the work that he’s done off of the football field.
The NFL Foundation named the three inaugural recipients of their new “Legends Impact Grant” on Thursday, and The Page Education Foundation received the largest grant of them all.
The Legends Impact Grant, according to the story from the Vikings’ official website, “supports NFL Legends’ commitment to making their communities healthy, happy, and safe through their non-profit foundations.”
The grant that will go to The Page Education Foundation is in the amount of $50,000. Other grants went to former New York Jets running back Bruce Harper’s “Heroes and Cool Kids” Foundation and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young’s “Forever Young” Foundation. Harper’s and Young’s charities received $40,000 and $30,000, respectively.
Page’s resume doesn’t need a whole lot of repeating. . .but we’ll do it anyway, because it’s pretty awesome. We know that he had a great career on the field, and towards the end of his career he worked at a law firm in Minneapolis. . .yes, before he officially retired from the league. After that, he was named a Special Assistant Attorney General for the state of Minnesota in 1985, and soon after was named Assistant Attorney General.
From there, he won an election for a seat on the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1992, becoming the first African-American to serve on the state’s highest court. He held that job until 2015, winning several elections in the meantime, when he was forced to step down due to the Court’s mandatory retirement age of 70. This past November, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Congratulations to Alan Page and The Page Education Foundation on receiving an inaugural Legends Impact Grant!