Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway is retiring after 11 seasons with the team.
The team announced that Greenway will formally announce his retirement at a press conference Tuesday. The linebacker was a great member of the community, a staple of the defense, a first-round pick, and a two-time Pro Bowler.
Chad was selected 16th overall in the 2006 Draft, named to the 2011 and 2012 Pro Bowls, named 2nd-Team All Pro in 2012, and tied Scott Studwell for the most consecutive seasons leading the team in tackles, commanding the Vikings every year from 2008 to 2013.
The Iowa grad has been present in the Twin Cities community. The Vikings named Greenway their Community Man of the Year four times for his work through his Lead the Way Foundation, and the NFLPA gave Greenway the Byron “Whizzer” White Award in 2015 for his philanthropic work.
He created the Lead The Way Foundation, which enhances education and health opportunities for children and families in need. In 2007, Greenway was named the Vikings‘ Ed Block Courage Award winner after returning from a season-ending knee injury suffered during his rookie season.
Greenway, 34, re-signed with the Vikings on a one-year, $2.75 million deal last spring and said he planned to retire after 2016, but he indicated he would take some time to consider his decision after the season. He had a career low 41-tackle season this year. He also saw the field less the past two seasons. He would start at Weakside Linebacker, but come off in Nickel or passing situations.
Greenway missed his rookie season because of a torn ACL. He went on to miss only four games the rest of his career, and he started 144 of his 156 career games.