WASHINGTON (AP/WCCO) — President Donald Trump has announced his first recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and they include a former Minnesota Viking who served on the state’s Supreme Court for 22 years, the wife of a major Republican Party donor, the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history, Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth.

Alan Page is among the American luminaries to receive the medal, the nation’s highest honor for a civilian.

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Trump will also posthumously recognize the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Medals are going to Miriam Adelson, a doctor and wife of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a Republican donor; Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who is retiring after more than 41 years in the U.S. Senate; and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach.

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The honor for Page, who lives in Minneapolis, comes just weeks after the loss of his wife, Diane. The couple founded the Page Education Foundation 30 years ago.

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Page played for the Vikings from 1967 until 1978, and was a member of the legendary “Purple People Eaters” line-up. He was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1972, the first defensive player to earn the honor.

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