Greenway Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Posted Sep 22, 2009

Vikings LB Chad Greenway earned his 1st career NFC Defensive Player of the Week honor for his performance at Detroit on Sunday. Greenway matched a Vikings record with 3 takeaways in the game, snaring a pair of INTs off Lions QB Matthew Stafford and recovering a fumble. He finished the game with 4 tackles, 2 INTs that he returned for a combined 49 yards, a fumble recovery and an onside kick recovery.

Greenway is only the 3rd LB in team history to post 3 takeaways in a game, joining Jack Del Rio and Roy Winston.

Including Greenway, the Vikings have had 9 different players earn NFC Player of the Week honors a total of 12 times since 2006. Greenway is the 5th Viking to earn defensive honors over that span and his 2 INTs match his career total entering 2009.

The last Vikings LB to earn NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors was Jeff Brady vs. Detroit in 1996. Greenway joins Brady, Del Rio and Mike Merriweather as the only Vikings LBs to earn the award.