Heart of a Hall of Famer


Today our class participated, along with several other schools, in a video conference with Alan Page, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Alan Page was a member of the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears during his playing career. He played in four Super Bowls and was voted the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1971. He was very successful after his playing career, too. He became a lawyer, and since 1992 has served on the Minnesota Supreme Court.


We were able to ask questions of Justice Page, and we learned a lot about the importance of character. We all took notes during the presentation. Here are some some of the key points we wrote down:

  • It took confidence, mindset, and motivation to play football. He had to be prepared physically, mentally, and emotionally. Preparation is the key to being successful in all areas of life.
  • The six pillars of character are: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. He thinks the most important one is trustworthiness.
  • You have to know how to collaborate with other people to get along in life.
  • He dropped out of law school the first time he enrolled because he thought it was too overwhelming to do all the reading and homework. Later he realized that the work was hard for everyone, and that he needed to persevere to achieve his goals, so he tried law school again and this time he graduated.
  • He has learned that things that are easy are boring!
  • “It’s okay to question the rules, but don’t break them,” said Justice Page.
  • His biggest role models were his parents. They supported him and encouraged him to try his best at whatever he chose to do.
  • He thought of being a judge because he was interested in the law and he used to want to be a lawyer in 4th grade! He remembers reading about the Supreme Court decision that desegregated the schools when he was young and that had a strong influence on him.
  • When he is faced with a hard decision sometimes he goes with his feelings but sometimes he has to think hard about all the possibilities. If you are trying to make a hard choice, first think about what is the right thing to do, then do it, even if it’s hard.
  • He has learned more from the defeats than the victories.
  • “Prepare yourselves to take on world’s problems because you can fix them and you can make our nation a greater place,” said Justice Page.

We thought it was a privilege to talk to someone who was so accomplished and inspiring!

What did you learn about the importance of character?


  1. Dear Mrs. Hamman,
    That was really fun. I wish we could do it again with another hall of fame player. My favorite part was when he said seek excellence. What was your favorite saying that he said?


    • I liked when he talked about how it was okay to challenge the rules respectfully and ask questions about them, but not break them. I thought that was an interesting idea! It’s good to ask questions to understand the reasons behind the rules.

  2. I thought it was really fun I learned about the importance about character is that you always have to be prepared and if you are a different color from someone else doesn’t mean that you mean more or less.

  3. Dear Mrs. Hamman,
    The thing I learned about the of character is that you should have trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

    Your friend,

  4. Dear Mrs. Hamman,
    We learned that losing makes us learn something new. We also learned that we should not give up EVER. We should always be prepared when we are doing something new.
    Did you ever give up before you were a teacher?

    Your students,
    Irlanda and Kaylee

    • Once when I was about your age I signed up for basketball because I thought I would like it. It turned out it was not that fun and I wasn’t very good at it, so I wanted to quit. My parents wouldn’t let me, though! I still don’t like playing basketball very much, but I’m glad I didn’t quit.

  5. Dear Mrs. Hamman,
    This was an awesome skype in my opinion. My favorite part of this skype was when Alan talked about mindset. What was your favorite part of the skype Mrs Hamman.
    I learned a lot about Alan Page.

  6. Dear Mrs.Hamman,
    I was so inspired by Mr.Page and how he answered every answer with a full on paragraph. What was inspiring for you as a teacher? I loved how we didn’t make a lot of noise even if it was muted.

    Your’s truly,

    • I thought it was amazing that he was in law school at the same time he was playing professional football. Both of those things are such hard work, I can’t imagine doing both of them at the same time! That was inspiring to me.

  7. Dear Mrs.Mrs. Hamman
    That zoom skype was so cool I’ve never seen a famous football player up close. Will we ever do it again?
    Your student,

  8. Dear Mrs. Hamman,
    the presentation was wonderful I loved it I learned so much I feel like my head is going to explode with all this knowledge.What did you think about the presentation?I thought it was wonderful getting to see a professional football player, lawyer, and a judge all at the same time.

    Your student,

  9. Dear Mrs. Hamman,
    The presentation was wonderful I loved it I learned so much I feel like my head is going to explode with all this knowledge.What did you think about the presentation?I thought it was wonderful getting to see a professional football player, lawyer, and a judge all at the same time.
    Your student,

  10. I thought it was really cool that we got to talk to a football player. I thought it was cool that he look to what he wanted to do he said he wanted to be a judge so he quite football and became a judge. What is your favorite football team?


    • I’m not a big football fan but I always root for our hometown teams, so I guess the Arizona Cardinals are my favorite!

  11. Hey Mrs. Hamman,

    Even though I didn’t get to see the whole thing, I really liked talking to Alan Page.
    What was you’re favorite part? Mine was when Zac asked him what his favorite character was. Even his response was cool.

    • I liked the answers to all our questions. I could tell he really thought about what he was going to say. I’m glad you liked it!

  12. We learned that there are going to be some challenges in life but if you can’t go through one path choose another.Remember to always be yourself.

  13. Hey Mrs. Hamman We liked the conference because we got to talk to a famous football player. What did you like about the football player.

  14. I like the questions we asked and he answered them I like that he was a football player then he wanted to be a judge.

  15. It takes a lot to do what he did it take self responsibility and he did all that.

  16. Dear Mrs. Hamman,

    I really enjoyed the skype with Alan Page.

  17. Dear Mrs. Hamman,

    That is amazing that you guys actually got to talk to Alan Page. I never knew about Alan Page until today. Also, I never knew that Alan Page has been to four Super Bowls. That is awesome.


  18. hello Mrs.Hamman
    I liked how your class did the slide show .the slide show was relly cool.

  19. Dear Mrs. Hamman,
    I loved the experience. I hope we do it again.
    Your student,

  20. Hi my name is Hailee i am a fifth grader i Mr.Lockwoods class and i think that that is really cool how you could talk to him that would be amazing for me because i love sports so i would love that

  21. He was an inspiration to other Minnesota Vikings. He was a Hall was in the Hall of fame. He went to the Super bowl 4 times.

  22. He was in the hall of fame he was also in the Super Bowl 4 times.

  23. hi am am for mr lockwoods class it is very fun here do you look at the lockwood cew well cack it out ok

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