Alan Page Was The Greatest Defensive Football Player I’ve Ever Seen
That’s what Alan Page was when he played professional football for the Minnesota Vikings. And what’s really great about that is, this was years before ‘awesome’ was a word thrown around all the time and meaningless, like it is now.
Alan Page was a part of the ‘Purple People Eaters’, ‘The Purple Gang’, the best defense in the NFL for years. (OK, apologies to the Los Angeles Rams, Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers…you guys were pretty good, too.) I remember, back in the day, the Vikings would play the Lions on Thanksgiving Day, and there was one game where Alan Page sacked the Detroit Quarterback every play of the game. Every play. At least that’s the way I remember it, please don’t check the tape.
But do check this tape, as Page talks about his approach to the game.
Well, as it turns out, football was on many levels the least of Alan Page. You see, as great and influential as he was on the football field, he was far from through when he retired. Alan page has gone on to serve on the Minnesota State Supreme Court. Yes, Page is a Supreme Court Judge.
Interesting that this member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the NFL Hall of Fame probably has kids say to him, ‘Oh, you played football, too?’
And one final thing. Did you know Alan Page has a Perfectly Pointy Impossibly Perpendicular Pinky? And he’s putting that digit to good use.