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PFT Heroes 2009: The Alan Page Award

NFL_allen_250.jpgWe commence the process of naming the 2009 PFT Heroes with, as always, the Alan Page Award.

And here’s some background on Page, as borrowed (i.e., plagiarized) from our past write-ups regarding the award.

Alan Page was an undersized but overachieving defensive tackle in
the days of three channels and computers the size of Winnebagos.  I was
introduced to him by a book from the NFL’s “Punt Pass and Kick”
library, a ’70s-era not-so-subtle attempt at indoctrinating a
generation of America’s youth.

And it worked.

On the cover of Gamebreakers of the NFL was a picture of Page with that
old-time spiderweb facemask riding some poor sap from the 49ers to the
ground.  Thirty-seven years later, I’ve still got the thing.

Page was a dominant presence in
the NFL in the years just before and just after the merger, anchoring
the Purple People Eaters and winning the league’s MVP award in 1971.

He earned a law degree while playing for the Vikings, and became a
practicing attorney after his football career ended in 1981.  Eleven
years later, Page was elected to the Minnesota Supreme Court, where he
has served with distinction ever since.

Page remains the best defensive tackle we’ve ever seen, and for his
on-field exploits and post-football success we’ve name the annual award
given to one of the league’s defensive linemen after him.

Last year, the winner was Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.  This year, we’ve got to give it to Allen again.

He was at times a beast, notching more than half of his 14.5 sacks in two games.  He also scored a safety and a touchdown, forced five fumbles, recovered three, and intercepted a pass.

Along the way, he forced opposing offenses to divert resources toward aiding the effort to keep him from literally roping the quarterback’s legs and tying the carcass to the roof of his truck.

Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney’s heroic effort to get himself ready to play in the Super Bowl earned extra consideration for the veteran lineman, but at the end of the day it was Allen by a nose.

Or maybe we should say by a mullet.

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43 Responses to “PFT Heroes 2009: The Alan Page Award”
  1. Farves sweet Hair says: Feb 11, 2010 11:13 PM

    Percy_Harvin,
    Your a shart stain!

  2. udraw8 says: Feb 11, 2010 11:21 PM

    canton (ohio) central catholic high school alum!

  3. JoeyJoeJoeJr.Shabadoooo says: Feb 11, 2010 11:24 PM

    oh goody, we get to have another post where jimmy smith and pervy harvin go to war.

  4. tjacks7 says: Feb 11, 2010 11:25 PM

    “He was at times a beast”
    You mean when the game was already decided? Yet completely ineffective when needed?

  5. Postman says: Feb 11, 2010 11:26 PM

    What a surprise. Florio names his award after one of his Vikings and gives it to…one of his Vikings.

  6. Bob Sacamano says: Feb 11, 2010 11:30 PM

    “He was at times a beast, notching more than half of his 14.5 sacks in two games”
    Translation: he dominated two games against the Packers when they were plugging third-stringers into their line, but otherwise was painfully average for the majority of the season.

  7. Alstott4ever says: Feb 11, 2010 11:30 PM

    agreed. rope them cattle Jared!

  8. The Coop says: Feb 11, 2010 11:32 PM

    Glad I clicked on this link (yawn)

  9. jx4cmario1 says: Feb 11, 2010 11:41 PM

    Nice choice, Florio. You got it right.

  10. .VoxVeritas says: Feb 11, 2010 11:52 PM

    “Page was elected to the Minnesota Supreme Court”
    And then they elected a pro rassler to be governor, then they elected a comedian to be a Senator.
    I’m beginning to think that everyone in the state is retarded. Including Alan Page.

  11. MasterShake says: Feb 11, 2010 11:59 PM

    What does Justice Page have to say about all this?
    Did he get a vote? Is he happy with the outcome? It is named after him right?

  12. The Gipper says: Feb 12, 2010 12:05 AM

    makes sense to give the award to a guy who was nothing more than average this season except for two games against the Packers.

  13. The Nomad says: Feb 12, 2010 12:06 AM

    As a Saints fan, I have to say that Freeney was robbed!

  14. nps6724 says: Feb 12, 2010 12:07 AM

    What have we learned? You can play out of your mind in 2 games and be okay in the rest and be considered a “beast”.

  15. snh7997 says: Feb 12, 2010 12:11 AM

    Outstanding. As a lifelong Vikings fan I just love the respect you paid in this article to my all-time favorite player, Alan Page, and his modern day re-incarnation, Jared Allen. Well done.

  16. SF Saints Fan says: Feb 12, 2010 12:35 AM

    Jared Allen is a very good player, but he really padded his stats in those two games against the Packers (before they got their line playing better) when their line was like Swiss Cheese. In those two games he had 12 of his 50 tackles and 7.5 of his 14.5 sacks.
    Way to go Florio, give an “award” you named after a Viking to a Viking. It should be renamed the “Alan Page Best Vikings Defensive Lineman Award”. Just to second this, Freeney was robbed!!!

  17. DieHardSkinsFan21 says: Feb 12, 2010 12:57 AM

    .VoxVeritas says: February 11, 2010 11:52 PM
    “Page was elected to the Minnesota Supreme Court”
    “And then they elected a pro rassler to be governor, then they elected a comedian to be a Senator.
    I’m beginning to think that everyone in the state is retarded. Including Alan Page.”
    I am really beginning to think you are the DUMBEST person on earth. Before Ventura was a pro wrestler he was a decorated war hero. Franken first became famous as a writer and performer for the television show Saturday Night Live (SNL) since its inception in 1975 before moving on to writing and acting in several films. He then became a political commentator, author of several best-selling books, and host of a nationally syndicated radio show on Air America Radio. To call this guy a comedian is just immature. He attended Harvard College and graduated cum laude in 1973 with a B.A. in political science. As you can see he is a little more than a “commedian”.
    You on the other hand are just a dumb redneck. We had your retarded (George Bush) representative representing the whole nation and he thoroughly f’ed that up. Anything George Bush touches he bankrupts. Look at the Rangers for instance.
    I really hope Florio takes away your posting abilities until you can piece together a complex well thought out post. I won’t hold my breath for the retard from texas .VoxVeritas.

  18. leatherneck says: Feb 12, 2010 1:16 AM

    Hell yeah!

  19. TJO5 says: Feb 12, 2010 1:40 AM

    If we are going to give awards out- I think there should be a special award given to Mike Florio- for putting up with y’alls BS all season long, He may not be much, but he generates quite a bit of controversy.
    If only he could figure out how to allow subsriptions to threads- he would be a god (little “g”god- not as good as the big GOD. But I still admire him

  20. Razon says: Feb 12, 2010 3:00 AM

    What a joke. Sure Allen was dominating for two games. But the season is 16 games long. Not 2 games long. He shouldn’t have been a probowler, but the media (which for a while has included Florio) loves the glamor of the sack, even if they only came in bunches.

  21. John Harbaugh's Dad says: Feb 12, 2010 3:48 AM

    Albert Haynesworth was robbed.

  22. employer says: Feb 12, 2010 3:55 AM

    @DieHardSkinsFan21
    I want to extend my appreciation for waxing eloquent at VoxVeritas’ expense.
    Well said my friend. Some folks on here are so incredibly mundane that it’s too painful to respond to they’re idiocy.
    Just…thanks.

  23. JimmySmith says: Feb 12, 2010 6:07 AM

    Ya, I’ll bet that Allen Page will be thrilled to hear that an award in his name has been bestowed upon a DUI laden redneck that could easily play a lead role in Deliverance´╗┐, which is rich in irony when you consider that movie is in the DVD collection of most Viking fans for the obvious reason.
    I am sure the celebration will set off a run on KY Jelly at Walgreen’s and gerbils will be in short supply at the local pet stores. Because if there is anything the Viking fans do best (beside claiming that they are about to win the next Superbowl, no no, we really really mean it this time) is hero worship–no matter the unsavory character of the player.

  24. zappa says: Feb 12, 2010 6:28 AM

    Nice post DieHardSkinsFan21, I agree! ( . Y . )

  25. zke007 says: Feb 12, 2010 8:19 AM

    To . DieHardSkinsFan21
    Please think next time you write such crap. Franken, “Best-selling ” come on! Air America, that went over big! Franken is a Senator because of your friend George Soro.
    Getting back to Alan Page, I went to their ( Vikes) training camp all the time as a kid, he was alway distance, standoffish, he never would talk to you as other players would. Hard to think of a player like him today; the reports back then were he had a hard time keeping his weight over 200 Lbs durning camp. Love those Vike teams back then.

  26. Kris James says: Feb 12, 2010 8:20 AM

    Wow… VoxVeritas, you really handed it to us Minnesotans for electing people who we thought/think would do some good… kind of like the majority of Americans did (or didnt do depending on who you believe) in the election of 2000. The difference is… after complete failure by Ventura, we didn’t re-elect him…
    Jared Allen is an ALL-PRO. Not to mention since he has come to Minnesota he has been nothing but stellar both on and off the field, hosting radio shows, doing community appearances, and just being an all around hilarious and good guy. I personally have met him a couple times and he is nothing but humble, funny, and one of the few pro athletes that is willing to sit down and b.s. with you over a beer or 4. Sure half of his sacks came against the Packers… the 11-5 packers… the offense with the #6 YPG, and #7 Passing Yardage Per Game in THE LEAGUE this year. So maybe their line was a little down when we played them. So are you going to then take away Freeney’s sacks that came against a team with an injured lineman, or receiver, or QB, or that was sub-.500, BOX. The only time I heard Dwight Freeny’s name this year is when he had a cankle injury that almost kept him out of the super bowl… then he played and got 1 sack… which if we include postseason stats still leaves him 1 behind JA. JA was one of the anchors of the BEST defensive line in football… hands down. There is a reason that Ray Edwards got 4 sacks in the postseason, because teams refused to let Jared beat them. Forget the hype… Freeny is a great player too but just because he went to the superbowl doesnt mean that he deserves an award.
    Next time you come to rip Florio, who is a GREAT Football Mind, get your facts straight before you start to rip on a great player like Jared Allen and a state with way more intelligence within it than where you are from.

  27. .VoxVeritas says: Feb 12, 2010 8:53 AM

    “I am really beginning to think you are the DUMBEST person on earth. Before Ventura was a pro wrestler he was a decorated war hero. Franken first became famous as a writer and performer for the television show Saturday Night Live (SNL) since its inception in 1975 before moving on to writing and acting in several films.”
    Gee, thanks for the history lesson. I see your point… if your point is that the people of Minnesota are not as retarded as the people of the District of Columbia, who love the notorious crackhead whoremonger, Marion Barry.

  28. rydendonkeys says: Feb 12, 2010 9:04 AM

    Elvis Dumerville is a DE no matter what it says on the roster, and he was better than J Allen.

  29. Corzo_United says: Feb 12, 2010 9:11 AM

    3 DUI’s

  30. NoRingsForYou says: Feb 12, 2010 9:11 AM

    It’s fitting that the award is given to a player who looks great during the regular season only to vanish in the playoffs….just like Alan Page dominated all the way until January when he got his a$$ handed to him in the Super Bowl FOUR TIMES!
    Players like these are why we continue saying……NO RINGS FOR YOU!

  31. .VoxVeritas says: Feb 12, 2010 9:18 AM

    “Wow… VoxVeritas, you really handed it to us Minnesotans for electing people who we thought/think would do some good… kind of like the majority of Americans did (or didnt do depending on who you believe) in the election of 2000. The difference is… after complete failure by Ventura, we didn’t re-elect him…”
    You may have if the opposition was John Kerry. And you probably would have reelected him in any case but the fact is that HE DID NOT RUN FOR A SECOND TERM. How about informing yourself of the facts before you step to me, slappy?
    “one of the few pro athletes that is willing to sit down and b.s. with you over a beer or 4.”
    no doubt, seeing as how he’s an alcoholic. What are you trying to do, help him extend his NFL-record three (3) DUI’s?
    “Next time you come to rip Florio, who is a GREAT Football Mind”
    The guy that picked the Deadskins to win it all? Now I *know* you guys are messed up. Cabin fever?

  32. rcunningham says: Feb 12, 2010 9:39 AM

    Vox, I think you may be retarded.
    Or just EXTREMELY butthurt about the Cowboys game still. 34-3. BAWWWWWWWWW your tears are so delicious. Cry more please.
    And I LOL at your attempts to insult Alan Page, quite possibly the greatest DT of all time. 9 time Pro Bowler, ONLY DT in NFL history to be named NFL MVP, and a two time defensive player of the year.
    You are a tool and a crybaby. Go outside kid.

  33. lawdjayee says: Feb 12, 2010 9:55 AM

    I hear playing next to two perennial all-pro DT’s creates lots of sloppy seconds to pick up.
    Oh, that’s right; Mr. Allan is WHITE. How could I have forgotten….

  34. purpleguy says: Feb 12, 2010 10:47 AM

    I think Vox has a problem with teams, fans or pretty much anything north of the Mason-Dixon line. When he’s not poking a stick at Canadians or rival NFC East teams, he’s trashing Minnesota political representatives and the intelligence of Packer fans. While I wholeheartedly agree with Vox’s philosophy on cheesers, it’s not like the Coboys’ home state has produced a bunch of political geniuses. Admitedly, Ventura was a joke, but Page is well respected and Fanken is a Harvard grad, a college he got into on his own merit (and excelled), unlike the Yale legacy admission for good old George (a C student), perhaps the worst US president since Jimmy Carter.

  35. .VoxVeritas says: Feb 12, 2010 10:50 AM

    “And I LOL at your attempts to insult Alan Page, quite possibly the greatest DT of all time.”
    haha really? I’ll take Bob Lilly, thanks. 11 Pro Bowls, 7-time first team All Pro, NFL 75th Anniversary Team, All Decade Team of the 60’s AND ’70’s. His signature play is the 29 yard sack against Bob Griese in Super Bowl VI. The Vike’s Super Bowl legacy is losing by double digits every time mostly because their defense couldn’t stop the run. 151 yards against the Chefs in IV, 196 against the Dolphins in VIII, 249 against the Steelers in IX, and 266 against the Raiders in XI.

  36. .VoxVeritas says: Feb 12, 2010 11:04 AM

    “Admitedly, Ventura was a joke, but Page is well respected and Fanken is a Harvard grad, a college he got into on his own merit (and excelled)”
    I keep hearing about how smart he is but all I’ve seen is a long stint as a comedy writer at SNL and the failed Air America. I guess there’s also his smarmy dickheadedness.
    “unlike the Yale legacy admission for good old George (a C student), perhaps the worst US president since Jimmy Carter.”
    Ever heard of “Barack Obama”?

  37. God's Own Silver and Blue says: Feb 12, 2010 11:37 AM

    rcunningham, I hope the warm glow from those five Vince Lombardi trophies keeps you warm at night. Oh wait, my bad. That’s the Cowboys who have those trophies, not you …

  38. dietrich43 says: Feb 12, 2010 12:10 PM

    I have to agree, Allen was pretty average in 14 of 16 games. Looks like another case of ‘vote for the name you recognize.’
    And Minnesota didn’t elect a comedian to the Senate. You have to be funny to be a comedian.

  39. fgoodwin says: Feb 12, 2010 12:35 PM

    Mercy, must everything devolve into political mud-slinging?
    Page earned his way onto the Minnesota Supreme Court, and Allen had a pretty fair game against the Cowboys, as I recall . . .

  40. packers4life says: Feb 12, 2010 5:51 PM

    “Page earned his way onto the Minnesota Supreme Court, and Allen had a pretty fair game against the Cowboys, as I recall . . .”
    Yeah….against Doug Free.

  41. Tompadre says: Feb 13, 2010 3:44 AM

    JimmySmith says:
    February 12, 2010 6:07 AM
    Ya, I’ll bet that Allen Page will be thrilled to hear that an award in his name has been bestowed upon a DUI laden redneck that could easily play a lead role in Deliverance´╗┐, which is rich in irony when you consider that movie is in the DVD collection of most Viking fans for the obvious reason.
    I am sure the celebration will set off a run on KY Jelly at Walgreen’s and gerbils will be in short supply at the local pet stores. Because if there is anything the Viking fans do best (beside claiming that they are about to win the next Superbowl, no no, we really really mean it this time) is hero worship–no matter the unsavory character of the player.
    ============================
    Wow, another blatant homosexual post by Jimmy. It’s okay Jimmy, you can come out now and let us all know your true preferences when it comes to a partner.
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Unless you’ve stolen them, my guess is your not kept warm by any Lombardi trophies either. Besides, I have a beautiful woman to keep me warm at night; you can stick with your shinning trophies, however sad that may be.

  42. FriarBob says: Feb 13, 2010 4:34 PM

    Of all the nominees, this was the absolute LEAST qualified of the bunch.
    Except, of course, for the fact that he was a Viking.

  43. Rex Grossman says: Feb 15, 2010 4:24 PM

    LOL, DieHardSkinsFan21 said “cum”.

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