NFL Hall of Famer Alan Page might be the most unexpected recipient yet of a Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump.
Trump will honor seven Americans with the honor at a White House ceremony Friday — including Page, philanthropist Miriam Adelson, Sen. Orrin Hatch and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach. He will also present the award posthumously to former Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, baseball legend Babe Ruth and rock and roll icon Elvis Presley.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom, along with the Congressional Gold Medal, is the top civilian award in the United States.
It wouldn’t be Page’s credentials that will make his selection different, but his stance on one of the president’s controversial opposition to NFL players kneeling in protest during the National Anthem.
Page, who left football to become an attorney and a long-serving member of the Minnesota Supreme Court, has publicly defended the players’ right to protest and speak out. He also has been critical of the Trump administration.