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?