Rockne Awards to honor Alan Page, other notables

Staff reports
ND Insider

College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Alan Page will receive the Living Legend Award at the third annual Knute Rockne Spirit of Sports Awards Celebration, Friday, Oct. 11, at the Palais Royale ballroom in downtown South Bend.

The Rockne Awards recognize outstanding individuals who espouse the character and spirit of Rockne.

Page — a 1966 All-American and National Champion at Notre Dame — began a second career in law and served 23 years as a justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court. His Page Education Foundation has helped thousands of underprivileged high school graduates attend college.

Other honorees include:

LEGACY — The family of All-American, 1924 National Champion and Four Horsemen Elmer Layden, who also served as ND head coach from 1934-40 and became the NFL’s first full-time commissioner in 1940.

COMMUNICATOR — Hall of Fame broadcaster Tony Roberts, who has called more Notre Dame football games (1980-2006) than anyone in history.

HERITAGE — Prof. Michael Steele, 1967 Notre Dame graduate who has authored numerous books on Fighting Irish football history, including his current work, “Miracle Moments in Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football History.”

LEADERSHIP — Clark Power, Ph.D., and Kristin Sheehan of the Play Like A Champion Today Educational Series, which promotes values-based sports programs including “A Team For Every Child” and works with underprivileged communities, including those in South Bend.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE — Patrick “Murf” Murphy, who has served the University community for 43 years as a very public face of its hospitality, currently at Rohr’s in the Morris Inn.

The Rockne Awards support the Knute Rockne Memorial Society, the Page Education Foundation and the Play Like A Champion Today Educational Series.

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