Football Hall of Famer, Medal of Freedom recipient deemed not 'notable' enough to be verified on Twitter

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By , Audacy Sports

Don't get me wrong: I'm proud of the work that I've put in to get the blue checkmark next to my name on Twitter. But upon finding out that a Pro Football Hall of Famer, a nine-time Pro Bowler, an NFL MVP, a College Football Hall of Famer, a state supreme court justice, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient — that's all the same person, by the way — is not verified on Twitter, I can't help but feel a little bit of... imposter syndrome?

The man in question is Alan Page, who played for the Minnesota Vikings from 1967 to 1978, when he was traded midseason to the Chicago Bears. He is quite literally the No. 2 most valuable player in franchise history, at least according to Pro Football Reference's all-encompassing Approximate Value metric, with only fellow Hall of Famer Carl Eller ahead of him.

He then transitioned from football to law, a career path which he had already begun during his college and professional playing days. He ultimately wound up winning election to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1992, becoming the first African-American to do so, and was re-elected every cycle of six years until he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70. In 2018, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

But Twitter verification? That still eludes him.

However, now that there's so much support and momentum on his side due to this little fiasco, we might see that little blue checkmark appear sooner rather than later. As Yahoo Sports' Jack Baer cleverly suggests, it's pretty unlikely that an actual human was reading through Page's verification request and decided, "Meh, this guy doesn't cut it for me." Now that the algorithm has been disturbed, we'll see if there's a manual override and Page is granted what he rightfully deserves.

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