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5 Things to Know About Vikings New OLB Jonathan Greenard

EAGAN, Minn. – The Vikings agreed to terms Wednesday on a multiyear deal to bring outside linebacker Jonathan Greenard to Minnesota.

Greenard is joining the Vikings as a free agent after spending his first four pro seasons with the Texans.

Last season, he started all 15 games he played and racked up a career-high 12.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss. He also recorded 52 tackles, two passes defensed and a forced fumble.

Greenard, who will turn 27 in May, was originally a third-round draft selection (90th overall) by Houston in 2020. He coincidentally made his NFL debut against the Vikings in Week 4 of his rookie season.

Here are five things to know about Minnesota's new pass rusher:

1. From Cardinal to Gator

Greenard started his collegiate career at Louisville, where he made his first start at the 2016 Citrus Bowl. He became a starter for the Cardinals as a redshirt sophomore and led the team with 15.5 tackles for loss. The following season, he suffered a dislocated wrist that sidelined him for the entirety of the campaign.

Greenard announced following that season he was transferring to Florida. He took extra courses while injured that allowed him to graduate a semester early and enrolled at Florida as a graduate transfer. In his first game as a Gator, Greenard recorded six tackles and 1.5 sacks against Miami, earning Southeastern Conference Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week honors.

He finished his lone season with the Gators with 9.5 sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss, 52 tackles, an interception, four passes defensed, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

View photos of OLB Jonathan Greenard who joined the Vikings during free agency.

2. Two-sport athlete

A Georgia native, Greenard attended Hiram High School and played basketball and football.

As a senior, he was named the 5-A Regional Defensive Player of the Year.

3. Celebrates with a 'hop'

Greenard's signature sack celebration is a "signature windup and high kick," and the outside linebacker gave a full explanation of the move in December:

"It's our high kick. It's basically part of our hop," he told Houston’s local ABC affiliate. "It's like a routine we do. People call it stepping. We don't step. We hop."

4. Committed to the community

Greenard established his own nonprofit, the Jon Greenard Foundation, that gives back to the community and specifically focuses on youth – with the mission of "leveling the playing field." In July, the foundation hosted its annual 7-on-7 football tournament in Douglas County, Georgia.

Greenard also was known to participate in the Texans "Community Tuesday" events to make a difference in Houston and the surrounding area.

5. Loving the dad life

Greenard and his fiancée Alta welcomed their daughter, Rayna, in September.

"Offseason = Dad Season," Greenard posted on his personal Instagram this past weekend. "I really have a 5-month-old … God is GREAT."