Hall of Famer left a lasting impression on nearly 1,200 high school students Friday morning. The Canton, Ohio native returned to his hometown to take part in the Heart of a Hall of Famer
series presented as part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Educational Outreach Program.
Page, while admittedly enjoyed his Hall of Fame career in the National Football League with the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears, emphasized the characteristics that made him so successful off of the football field. Page earned a law degree while still playing in the NFL. Later, he became the first African American to sit on Minnesota’s Supreme Court, a seat he still holds.
Students, half of which were in the live audience and the other half who connected through the Hall of Fame’s videoconferencing technology, listened as Page shared that the best is yet to come in their young lives. He stressed that physical strength isn’t anything compared to the mental strength required to succeed and overcome adversity.
A total of 13 schools attended one of the two 75-minute sessions this morning. In addition, 18 schools from nine different states (AL, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TN, TX, VA, WI) connected via videoconferencing.
Page is one several members of the Hall of Fame to now take part in the Heart of a Hall of Famer
series. Others include Mel Blount, Joe DeLamielleure, Mike Haynes, Ken Houston, and Andre Tippett. Upcoming programs include Randall McDaniel on Dec. 3; Willie Lanier on Jan. 14, 2011; and Steve Largent on Apr. 8, 2011.
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