After contemplating retirement after the 2015 NFL season, Minnesota Vikings’ linebacker Chad Greenway said that he was coming back for one more go-around. He thought it over following a disappointing 2016 season for the purple, and is apparently sticking by that decision.
The Vikings have announced that Greenway will be announcing his retirement from the National Football League at a press conference on Tuesday.
Greenway was the 18th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft out of the University of Iowa, and spent his entire 11-year career in purple and gold. After missing his rookie season after tearing an ACL on kickoff coverage in the first quarter of his first preseason game, he missed just four games in the remainder of his NFL career, all of them in 2014. He finishes his career with 1,334 tackles, the fourth-highest total in Vikings history. He also had eleven career interceptions, two of which he took back for touchdowns.
Who could forget this great moment from 2015?
That play stands as the sixth-longest interception return for a touchdown in the history of the Minnesota Vikings, going for 91 yards.
Greenway also has the distinction of being one of only two players in Vikings’ history to get the franchise tag, as the team placed it on him during the 2011 offseason.
Chad Greenway has always been a consummate professional as a member of the Minnesota Vikings, and stands as one of the rare players that spends their entire NFL career with one team. Sure, the Vikings used the franchise tag on him once, but it really is impossible to envision him in another uniform. He’s a four-time Minnesota Vikings’ Man of the Year, and his work in the community has made him a pillar of the Twin Cities for many years.
Congratulations to Chad Greenway on his retirement, and the culmination of an outstanding career. It will be great to see him go into the Ring of Honor sometime in the near future.
What are some of your favorite Chad Greenway memories, folks?