Greenway at the 2013 Pro Bowl
|Date of birth:||January 12, 1983|
|Place of birth:||Mount Vernon, South Dakota|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||242 lb (110 kg)|
|High school:||Mount Vernon (SD)|
|NFL Draft:||2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Chad Greenway (born January 12, 1983) is a former American football linebacker who spent his entire 11-year career with the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Iowa, and was drafted by the Vikings in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft.
Greenway attended Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, South Dakota, where he was a three-time South Dakota All-state performer, earning first team honors as a junior and senior and third team honors as a sophomore. He was named Gatorade Football Player of the Year as a senior in 2001. also Argus Leader and Sports Max Player of the Year. He also earned first team All-conference honors for three straight seasons, as well as MVP honors. He played quarterback and free safety and returned punts and kickoffs, helping prep team win two consecutive state titles as a junior and senior. His career totals include 364 rushing attempts for 3,118 yards and 171-290 passes for 2,572 yards. On defense, he recorded 407 tackles and 23 interceptions. As a senior, he completed 62-114 passes for 1,147 yards and rushed for 1,320 yards at quarterback, and also added 132 tackles and four interceptions at safety. Greenway also lettered in basketball, baseball and track & field at Mount Vernon.
Greenway attended the University of Iowa, and played for the Iowa Hawkeyes football team from 2002 to 2005. He redshirted his freshman season in 2001. As a redshirt freshman in 2002, he suffered a knee injury that required surgery and did not play in the first four games. In 2003, he started at outside linebacker in all 13 games and was named second-team All-Big Ten. Greenway was named the Big Ten Conference co-Defensive Player of the Week vs. Arizona State, and won the Hustle Team Award at Iowa.
In 2004, he was named a first-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly, a second-team All-American by CNNSI.com, and a third team All-American by CollegeSportsReport.com. Within the conference, Greenway was named first team All-Big Ten and selected as a first-team all-Big Ten player by Collegefootballnews.com. Greenway was selected by the team as Iowa's Special Teams Player of the Year, won the Hustle Team Award for defense, and was one of three juniors selected to the team Leadership Council for 2004 season.
In 2005, Greenway was named preseason All-America by The Sporting News, NationalChamps.net, and was named to the preseason honorable mention All-America squad selected by NationalChamps.net. He was ranked as the No. 2 outside linebacker by The Sporting News, and named to the Bronko Nagurski and Lott Trophy watch lists.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 3 in||242 lb||4.60 s||4.22 s||7.01 s||38 in||10 ft 0 in||19 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine and Pro Day|
Chad Greenway entered the 2006 NFL Draft, where he was drafted by the Vikings with the 17th pick in the first round. Greenway selected #52 as his jersey number for the Minnesota Vikings. In training camp, he was listed as a second string linebacker on the depth chart.
In Minnesota's first preseason game against Oakland, Greenway tore his ACL playing special teams on a kickoff return. He missed the entire 2006 NFL season with the injury. Greenway started the 2007 season as the Minnesota Vikings starting weakside linebacker. In Greenway's first NFL game on September 9, 2007 against the Atlanta Falcons Greenway recorded 10 tackles. Greenway completed the 2007 season with 105 tackles with two forced fumbles along with two interceptions with one touchdown. In 2008, Greenway had another impressive season finishing with 5.5 sacks and led the team with 115 tackles. He also deflected 5 passes.
On February 21, 2011, the Vikings announced that Greenway was designated as their franchise player for 2011. Greenway was selected to his first Pro Bowl after a career-high 154 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and a fumble recovery during the 2011 season.
On March 31, 2016, Greenway announced that he is returning for an eleventh season with the Vikings and that the upcoming season would be his last.
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In 2008, Greenway established his charitable foundation, Chad Greenway’s Lead The Way Foundation, with the primary focus of providing seriously ill and physically challenged children throughout the Twin Cities with daily support and life-changing experiences. The mission of Chad Greenway’s Lead The Way Foundation is to enrich the lives of individuals and families in need.
Chad Greenway's Lead the Way Foundation has three signature programs. Through these programs, Chad's Lead the Way Foundation has touched the lives of nearly 375,000 people in the Twin Cities. These programs are:
In the 2016 season, Greenway was named the Vikings' Community Man-of-the-Year for the their consecutive year.
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