Former Vikings Hall of Fame DT to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Minnesota Vikings logo on the field (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Alan Page is known as one of the Purple People Eaters with the Minnesota Vikings but is also being honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

When talking about the greatest players to ever suit up for the Minnesota Vikings, the discussion should always include Alan Page. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and was a key part of the Purple People Eaters defense.

However, Page is much more than just an amazing part of the team’s history. The former MVP and two-time Defensive Player of the Year is also a humanitarian who works hard to improve the lives of those in need in order to give them opportunities to succeed.

Recently, announced that Page would be honored by receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Friday.

Alan Page joins an impressive assortment of individuals who will receive the honor, including former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach, legendary musician Elvis Presley, and baseball icon Babe Ruth among others.

Considered to be the nation’s highest honor for a civilian, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is given to those who make “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors” according to Brittanica.

Page is well deserving for the honor with not only his contributions to the community following his football career but his devotion to his legal career where he served as a Minnesota Supreme Court justice for over twenty years.

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Congratulations to Alan Page on receiving this amazing honor from the president. It is one thing to be one of the greatest Vikings players of all time, but to be a great human being on top of it is something to be truly honored and rightfully recognized.