Alan Cedric Page is a retired professional American football player in the National Football League (NFL). He held a defensive tackle position for the Minnesota Vikings from 1967 to 1978 and the Chicago Bears from 1978 to 1981. Page is a nine-time Pro Bowler, 1971 NFL Most Valuable Player, and two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Born on August 7, 1945 in Canton, Ohio, he ran track and played football for Canton Central Catholic School. He led the Fighting Irish to a national championship during his senior year at the University of Notre Dame. In the 1967 NFL Draft, he was selected by the Minnesota Vikings as the fifteenth overall choice.
Page is regarded as one of the finest defensive linemen in the history of the NFL. He is known for his uncommon three-point stance. Page is also a part of the team’s famed “Purple People Eaters” a defensive line that was highly skilled at hurrying or sacking a quarterback. He also helped the team make it to four Super Bowl appearances.
Page retired from the game in 1979. He then took on a highly successful law practice and eventually became an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. His career player statistics are 2 interceptions, 3 safeties, and 148.5 sacks. Alan Page is a College Football Hall of Famer and a Pro Football Hall of Famer.
• 9-time Pro Bowl (1968–1976)• 6-time First-team All-Pro (1969–1971, 1973–1975)• 3-time Second-team All-Pro (1968, 1972, 1976)• NFL Most Valuable Player (1971)• 2-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1971, 1973)• NFC Player of the Year (1971)• 2-time NFC Defensive Player of the Year (1970, 1971)• NFL champion (1969)• NFL 1970s All-Decade Team• Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor• Minnesota Vikings No. 88 retired• 2× National champion (1964, 1966)• Consensus All-American (1966)