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Flashback Friday: Minnesota Vikings great Alan Page retires from Minnesota Supreme Court

Updated: August 09, 2019 02:57 PM

The video above is from a 2015 At Issue segment. 


Four years ago this week, Minnesota Vikings great Alan Page stepped away from the bench as a Minnesota Supreme Court justice. 

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After serving 22 years on the court, Page left his seat after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.

Prior to his time on the court, Page rose to fame as a defensive lineman with the Minnesota Vikings. Page first put on a purple jersey in 1967 and spent the next 11 years with the team before moving to the Chicago Bears. During his time with the Vikings, Page made four Super Bowl appearances, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Page made history in 1992 becoming the first black member of the Minnesota Supreme Court. 

According to an ESPN feature of Page, as he was preparing a run for the seat, former Gov. Arne Carlson extended the term of a justice who was expected to leave the bench, which eliminated the vacancy. Page challenged the decision in court, leading to a victory that put his name on the ballot. 

Notably during his time on the court, Page was tapped by Chief Justice Eric Magnuson to select the panel of judges that heard the 2008 election contest between Norm Coleman and Al Franken.

Aside from his time on the field and the bench, Page founded the Page Education Foundation with his wife, Daine Sims Page. The foundation provides scholarships to students of color pursuing post-secondary education in Minnesota.

In September 2017, Alexander Ramsey Middle School was renamed to Justice Page Middle School in his honor

Most recently, Page received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump. The medal is the highest honor the nation reserves for a civilian.

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