We commence the process of naming the 2010 PFT Heroes with the Alan Page Award.
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.
Page dominated during 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 Page 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.
This year, the award goes to one of the most exciting defensive rookies in years, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. A first-team All Pro, a Pro Bowler, Associated Press defensive rookie of the year, Pepsi rookie of the year, and the player who personifies the new vibe in Detroit, where the Lions finished with four wins in a row, clawed their way out of the NFC North basement, and created realistic expectations for a return to the postseason for the first time since 1999.
With 10 sacks in 16 starts, Suh has shown all the signs of becoming a consistently excellent player. Suh also donated $2.6 million last year to the University of Nebraska, the largest donation ever made to the school by a former Cornhusker athlete.
So by an overwhelming (albeit non-binding) vote of PFT Planet, with more than 37 percent of those who responded picking the No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft, Suh wins the 2010 version of the Alan Page Award.