There aren’t many individuals who embody what it means to be a Minnesota Viking more than
Greenway, who is 28 years old and is entering his sixth NFL season in 2011, was selected by the Vikings in the first round (17th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. The Vikings retained Greenway this past offseason by placing the Franchise Tag on him, which gave him a guaranteed one-year contract for the upcoming season. But the contract extension keeps the South Dakota native and Vikings fan-favorite in Minnesota for the long-term; terms of the contract extension were not disclosed.
There’s no questioning Greenway’s importance to the Vikings defense. He’s led the team in tackles for the past three seasons and in 2010 was selected by his teammates as Defensive MVP. If Greenway leads the Vikings in tackles again this season, he’ll join only Scott Studwell and Rip Hawkins as Vikings who’ve led the team in tackles for four-plus consecutive seasons.
Aside from leading the team in tackles last season with 149, he was also the team leader in tackles for a loss with 10.0. In 2009, Greenway led all linebackers in takeaways with six – the second season he notched six takeaways – and he was also a standout special teams player early in his career.
Greenway suffered a season-ending knee injury during his rookie season in 2006, but he’s bounced back from that injury well and has not missed a game since then. In 2007, Greenway was selected by his teammates as the Vikings Ed Block Courage Award winner for his dedication and effort coming back from that season-ending knee injury.
An active member of the Twin Cities community, Greenway works through his Lead The Way Foundation to enhance education and health opportunities for children. He donated funds to build a new track at his alma mater, Mt. Vernon High School and he made a generous donation of $100,000 to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in the spring of 2008 to help young cancer patients and their families. Greenway and his wife, Jenni, host the annual Greenway Gridiron Gallop 5K Fun Run/Walk Father’s Day, which benefits the local parks and recreation board.