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PFT Heroes 2010: The Alan Page Award

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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.

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.  Nearly 40 years later, I’ve still got the thing.

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.

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18 Responses to “PFT Heroes 2010: The Alan Page Award”
  1. techvet says: Feb 10, 2011 9:53 PM

    Alan Page was also on the 1966 national title team at Notre Dame.

  2. 1historian says: Feb 10, 2011 9:56 PM

    And he played at Notre Dame.

  3. wiscoboy says: Feb 10, 2011 9:57 PM

    Bears still suck!!!

  4. igottz5onit says: Feb 10, 2011 10:11 PM

    Good for suh.

  5. thompgk says: Feb 10, 2011 10:12 PM

    Why would you give an award for an overachiever to a top 5 pick in the draft?

  6. canadianvikingfaniii says: Feb 10, 2011 10:17 PM

    Great choice. Who doesn’t enjoy watching Suh play? Not even the OLinemen he destroys can say he isn’t fun to watch.

  7. jessethebody says: Feb 10, 2011 10:48 PM

    Not bad for a boy named Suh

  8. shorttracknews says: Feb 10, 2011 11:02 PM

    I had no idea that many people in Detriot had computers to vote

  9. nickynick04 says: Feb 10, 2011 11:02 PM

    The GREEN BAY PACKERS…..
    SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS !
    just sounds perfect……..
    Vikings zero wins…..sounds just as good as The Eagles with no Super Bowl wins…..
    you reep what you sow….for all of the LOUD MOUTH rude obnoxous fans of those 2 losers…

  10. rtl1984 says: Feb 10, 2011 11:14 PM

    I can’t wait to see this kid in five years. As a Vikings fan, im a bit nervous. He’ll be around for a long time.

  11. stevemcgarrett says: Feb 10, 2011 11:21 PM

    I bet I read the Larry Csonka copy of the Punt, Pass and Kick at least a hundred times as a kid.

    Congrats to Suh who is a truly class act and represented the Huskers with pride during his time here in Nebraska!

  12. honolulubluekoolaid says: Feb 10, 2011 11:23 PM

    Congrats to Ndamukong Suh! Everyone here in Detroit had been waiting for someone to turn the franchise’s mentality around. For years I have always felt that the Lions lacked that one person who not only was a natural leader, and an exceptional athlete, but someone that could impact the way the team thinks – even on the other side of the ball. The Lions made great steps in recent years, hiring Jim Schwartz and picking up the right free agents to build the team’s talent. But when we picked Suh 2nd in last years draft, we set something bigger in motion. This man has helped change the mentality of this team, I can see that this whole team believes that they not only will be, but are winners. His attitude and work ethic has been contagious. The lions have had good players in the past that worked hard, but did not unite the entire team. Forgive me for anointing Suh the teams savior, but this franchise desperately needed someone to step up. I expected alot of this young man, but his impact has been more than just some great stats from a rookie, Suh believes in his team and holds them accountable for their performance. If the Lions can keep Stafford healthy, look out! This team is on the right track.

  13. reddskeletor says: Feb 11, 2011 12:00 AM

    From what I’ve seen, Page was the prototypical pass-rushing under-tackle, the forerunner to the likes of John Randle and Warren Sapp. That being said, was Page better than Joe Greene, Bob Lilly, Merlin Olsen, Randy White, etc.?

  14. footballisfun says: Feb 11, 2011 12:35 AM

    Page was the best DT I ever saw in my lifetime, too. Second was Merlin Olsen.

    Nice pick with Suh.

  15. madesian says: Feb 11, 2011 7:06 AM

    @nickynick04 what in the world did that have to do with Suh being honored at all. you just made yourself look like the sad lonely drunk guy who sits at the end of the bar every night wearing his 30 year old packer hat and too-tight jersey waiting for the bartender to make the last call just so you have a reason to get your lazy waste of a pile of crap you call a body up to go home where your fat wife doesn’t even want anything to do with you anymore cuz your just that pathetic.

    Congrats to Suh, as a diehard Vikings fan, i can honestly say i’m afraid of the mayhem he will cause on the rest of the league throughout his career, but wish him luck as he goes on.

  16. simplesimon1 says: Feb 11, 2011 9:12 AM

    Sweet!!! I’ve been waiting for a long time for the Lions to have a player on defense that opposing teams feared to play against. Looks like we finally have him. Now if we can keep Stafford upright and add a couple CB’s and LB’s, watch out.

  17. steelerfan12 says: Feb 11, 2011 4:24 PM

    stevemcgarrett says:
    Feb 10, 2011 11:21 PM
    I bet I read the Larry Csonka copy of the Punt, Pass and Kick at least a hundred times as a kid.

    Congrats to Suh who is a truly class act and represented the Huskers with pride during his time here in Nebraska!

    __________________________________

    I agree that Suh is a phenomenal young player.

    However, PLEASE don’t try to sell us on yet another overrated Nebraska team. Huskers are in for a rude awakening when they join the Big 10. No more playing cream puffs at home for the first 7 games of the season.

    Big 10 had a rough year in bowl games–no argument there. But I’m confident Nebraska will be shocked when they actually have to play on the road before week 8 and play teams with winning records before Halloween.

  18. beanocook says: Feb 14, 2011 2:10 PM

    SteelerFan12

    First of all, the Steelers were lucky to even make a game of the SB. Green Bay was up 21-3 and it was this close to being a 45-10 beatdown. Enjoy trending towards a 7 win team over the next 4 years.

    The Big Ten is so far below the SEC it is not even funny. Next is the Big 12, then Pac-10 and then maybe Big Ten. Nobody believes for a second Michigan, Northwestern, Iowa or Penn State are intimidating. Wisconsin peaked and was still beaten by a WAC team.

    The only respectable team in that conference is Ohio State….they have won 5 straight conference titles, that has to be embarrassing. Where is the depth?

    Nebraska will more than handle the Big Ten. It is slow and weak.

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