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Greenway Closes In On Career Milestone

Posted Oct 30, 2013

Chad Greenway has a lot of career tackles. That surprises no one. He has, after all, led the Vikings in tackles in each of the past five seasons and ranks second on the team this season. If Greenway can catch and surpass Erin Henderson by season’s end, he’ll join Ring of Honor member Scott Studwell as the only Vikings defenders to lead the club in tackles for six straight seasons.

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Before we see if Greenway can accomplish that feat, though, we’ll watch him reach another impressive career milestone – one that only six other Vikings in club history have achieved. With two tackles on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, Greenway will reach 1,000 for his career. Considering Greenway will be playing in his 103rd career game, the fact he’s already reached the 1,000-tackle threshold speaks to his durability, productivity and overall significance on the Vikings defense.

“He’s a very good tackler, those numbers speak to that,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said. “But his effort, as much as anything, has a lot to do with the number of tackles he gets. And then along with his instincts, he’s a very instinctive football player. He’s around the ball a lot, and he’s always hustling. He’s one of those guys going a hundred miles per hour, and he has a nose for the football. There are certain guys that just have a knack for being around the ball and making plays, and he’s one of those guys.”

Aside from being the Vikings leading tackler over the past half-decade, Greenway is also a vocal leader in the locker room and in the huddle and he’s a lead-by-example influence off the field, as well. To sum it up, Greenway has been the definition of what Leslie Frazier wants the Vikings to be – disciplined, tough and smart.

“Chad is a valuable part of our organization,” Vikings GM Rick Spielman explained. “When you look at that and look at what he brings to our defense, and you weigh in the fact that he is a three-down linebacker who is never off the field, he is very important to us.”

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