'Alan Page: A Football Life' Premieres Friday, October 16 at 9:00 PM ET
"No matter who you are, no matter what your background, your skin color, your ability or disability…education is a tool that can overcome a lot of hurdles." – Alan Page
October 14, 2015: Alan Page: A Football Life premieres Friday, October 16 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network with a look at Pro Football Hall of Famer Alan Page and his 15-year career in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. The one-hour documentary produced by NFL Films features interviews with Page, family members, teammates, coaches, opponents, former Supreme Court Justices, co-workers and more.
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Page attended Central Catholic High School in Canton, Ohio and worked on a construction team that built the Pro Football Hall of Fame, laying the groundwork for the building he would one day be inducted into. In college, Page led Notre Dame to an undefeated season, winning the national championship in 1966 and was named a college football All-American. After graduating from Notre Dame, Page was selected in the first round of the 1967 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, where he would star as a member of the Vikings' "Purple People Eaters," a defensive line known for sacking and hurrying the quarterback.
Aside from his football prowess, Page served in private law practice and later served as an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. After being the first African-American elected to serve on that court in 1992, Page retired this year after reaching the state's mandatory retirement age of 70. Page has always been man who seeks justice and equal educational opportunity for all: first as a NFL Players Association representative, then as an Assistant Attorney General and an Associate Supreme Court Justice, and then continuing with his established Page Education Foundation.
Among the 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
Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.
Alan Page: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:
Diane Page – Wife
Kamie Page – Daughter
Nina Page – Daughter
Steve Rushin – Sports writer
Jerry Kramer – Former Packers guard
Jim Marshall – Vikings teammate
Paul Krause – Vikings teammate
Bob Lurtsema – Vikings teammate
Gary Larsen – Vikings teammate
Bud Grant – Former Vikings head coach
Lee Sheehy – Campaign manager
Mark Dayton – Minnesota Governor
Al Franken – Minnesota Senator
Helen Meyer – Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice
Eric Magnuson – Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice
Provided below are some select quotes from Alan Page: A Football Life:
- "No matter who you are, no matter what your background, your skin color, your ability or disability… education is a tool that can overcome a lot of hurdles." – Alan Page
- "From the day I showed up at football practice, all of a sudden I was somebody different. I got put on the pedestal right away. I liked the attention – who doesn't? But at the same time, I didn't understand it. I struggled with trying to figure out why is this so important to people?" – Alan Page
- "A combination of experience, wisdom, and just integrity that you would want to keep him in the public eye as long as possible." – Mark Dayton
- "He was my first hero as a kid." – Steve Rushin
- "He had instinct that was beyond the average football player. Alan is a very bright guy and was always interested in why we did things. Not many players ask why, you just say do this…But Alan was more interested in why and how and it made him a better player." – Bud Grant
- "Any time I consider coming out of retirement and then I think of Alan Page, it makes retirement a little bit easier." – Jerry Kramer
- "Alan Page is the keeper of the flame when it comes to the Supreme Court of Minnesota." – Helen Meyer
- "Nobody gets more votes from the citizens of Minnesota, for any position, than Alan Page. I think he set a record with the greatest number of votes ever received, by any candidate, for any office." – Eric Magnuson
This season, A Football Life airs Friday at 9:00 PM ET. Below is the broadcast schedule for the October episodes:
- October 23 – Steve Largent
- October 30 – Dick Vermeil
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