The Justice & Hall of Famer

“I’m not one that spends time looking backwards unless there is something that can be gained from that reflection which can help the future.”  – Alan Page

Eastview’s REAL MEN READ had a chance to sit down and talk with Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page today.  Justice Page is familiar to those of us who are old enough to remember him as the tenacious defensive lineman who played with the great Minnesota Vikings teams of the early 70’s.  Page was the first defensive player in history to win the coveted NFL Most Valuable Player award (1971) and was later inducted into the National Football League Hall of Fame (1988).

While Page was a player with the Vikings he also attended Law School at the University of Minnesota.  After passing the bar exam and later ending his NFL career, Page began his practice as a lawyer.  In 1992, Alan Page was elected to the Minnesota Supreme Court and continues to reside on the bench today.

REAL MEN READ selected to read the biography ‘All Rise – the Remarkable Journey of Alan Page’ by Bill McGrane which provided the chance to learn more about this great man.

Students asked thoughtful questions which ranged from his playing days with the Vikings to his career as a judge.  We enjoyed apple pie (pie is a favorite indulgence for Page) and listening to his thoughtful responses to the student’s questions.  Justice Page was also kind enough to sign books and stand for photos with students.

He is the first guest we’ve had at our REAL MEN READ gatherings and he was incredibly humble and gracious…all of us who had the opportunity to spend time with him today gained from the experience.

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