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Greenway Finalist For NFLPA's Byron "Whizzer" White Award

Vikings veteran linebacker Chad Greenway on Thursday was announced by the NFL Players Association as one of five finalists for the NFLPA's most prestigious annual honor, the Byron "Whizzer" White Award.

Players on all 32 NFL clubs nominated a representative from their team who goes "above and beyond to perform community service" where they play and in their respective hometowns.

A panel of judges, Charlie Batch, Mike Kenn and Kevin Mawae, narrowed the field from 32 to five. The winner will be announced March 18 and receive $100,000 for the player's foundation or charity of his choice. All 32 nominees received $5,000 for charity.  

In addition to Greenway, Dustin Colquitt (Chiefs), Malcolm Jenkins (Eagles), Jameel McClain (Giants) and Charles Tillman (Bears) are this year's finalists.

Greenway, who established his Lead The Way Foundation in 2008, has been actively involved in improving lives in the Twin Cities and his home state of South Dakota. The Lead The Way Foundation has raised more than $1.3 million to provide seriously ill and physically challenged children better access to technological entertainment and education devices in hospitals and with unique experiences. He has also participated annually in the Gridiron Gallop 5k since he was selected in the first round in 2006.

The NFLPA said the award, which was established in 1967, is presented out of gratitude to former Pittsburgh Pirates (now Steelers) and Lions halfback Byron Raymond "Whizzer" White, who became a Supreme Court Justice. The NFLPA referred to White as a "scholar, athlete, patriot, humanitarian and public servant" in a press release announcing the finalists.

Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter is the only Vikings player who is a past recipient of the award.

Previous Byron R. "Whizzer" White Award Winners

2014     Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers
2013     Charlie Batch, Pittsburgh Steelers
2012     Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
2011     Tony Richardson, New York Jets
2010     Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland Raiders
2009     Brian Dawkins, Philadelphia Eagles
2008     Warrick Dunn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Atlanta Falcons
2007     John Lynch, Denver Broncos
2006     Steve McNair, Tennessee Titans
2005     Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
2004     Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2003     Troy Vincent, Philadelphia Eagles
2002     Mark Brunell, Jacksonville Jaguars
2001     Michael McCrary, Baltimore Ravens
2000     Doug Pelfrey, Cincinnati Bengals
1999     Cris Carter, Minnesota Vikings
1998     Hardy Nickerson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1997     Chris Zorich, Chicago Bears     
1996     Bill Brooks, Buffalo Bills
1995     Derrick Thomas, Kansas City Chiefs
1994     Mark Kelso, Buffalo Bills
1993     Nick Lowery, Kansas City Chiefs
1992     Reggie White, Green Bay Packers
1991     Mike Kenn, Atlanta Falcons
1990     Ozzie Newsome, Cleveland Browns
1989     Mike Singletary, Chicago Bears
1988     Deron Cherry, Kansas City Chiefs
1987     George Martin, New York Giants
1986     Nat Moore, Miami Dolphins
1985     Reggie Williams, Cincinnati Bengals
1984     Rolf Benirschke, San Diego Chargers
1983     Doug Dieken, Cleveland Browns
1982     Franco Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers
1981     Ken Houston, Washington Redskins
1980     Gene Upshaw, Los Angeles Raiders
1979     Roger Staubach, Dallas Cowboys
1978     Archie Manning, New Orleans Saints
1977     Lyle Alzado, Denver Broncos
1976     Jim Hart, St. Louis Cardinals
1975     Rocky Bleier, Pittsburgh Steelers
1974     Floyd Little, Denver Broncos
1973     Andy Russell, Pittsburgh Steelers
1972     Ray May, Baltimore Colts
1971     Kermit Alexander, Los Angeles Rams
1970     Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears
1969     Ed Meador, Los Angeles Rams
1968     Willie Davis, Green Bay Packers
1967     Bart Starr, Green Bay Packers

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