Last year Chad Greenway announced that the 2016 season would be his last year, but later on he said he was not sure whether he will come back next year or not.
On Monday, the 34-year old made the decision to call it a career. The Vikings made the announcement official.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) March 6, 2017
Chad Greenway was the longest tenured Viking last season. He was drafted 17th overall in 2006 out of Iowa.
After missing all of his rookie season after tearing his ACL in the preseason, Greenway missed only four games the rest of his career. In 156 games he racked up 1,101 tackles, 18 sacks and 11 interceptions (two returned for touchdowns).
He was a Pro Bowler in 2012 and 2013, but he had seen his snaps reduced the past two seasons. He was still able to contribute against the run, but was a bigger liability against the pass than before since he had lost a step. Even in his prime he contributed more against the run than the pass.
Despite that, he was still one of the leaders on the team and continued to be well-respected around the organization and by the fans.
He has not only been a playmaker on the field, but also a class act and a leader on and off the field.
In 2008, he established his own charitable organization, Chad Greenway’s Lead the Way Foundation. The focus of his foundation is to provide support for children who are seriously ill and physically challenged.
He is a positive presence to have around and hopefully some time in the future he will be back with the Vikings in some capacity.
Best wishes to Chad Greenway!