Sharks don't have a week dedicated to Chad Greenway, but Vikings.com will.
With 2016 Verizon Vikings Training Camp — and Greenway's 11th season — right around the corner, Vikings.com is launching "Chad Week," a collection of multimedia (written, video and photo) content from July 11-17.
Greenway re-signed with the team that drafted him 17th overall in 2006. The linebacker is entering the season with 1,305 combined tackles (fourth-most in franchise history).
Below are 11 takes from teammates and Head Coach Mike Zimmer on the Vikings most-tenured player, two-time Pro Bowler and three-time Vikings Community Man of the Year.
We will start with Brian Robison and Adrian Peterson, who are both prepping for their 10th seasons with the Vikings.
"I think everybody takes it a little bit different, but I think me and Chad are similar in a lot of ways, in just the way we go about practices, go about games, go about the approach for how we can help our team succeed. I think we're very similar in that and helps both of us feed off each other, being the older guys around here. We both kind of lead our groups in different ways, but I think seeing him go through it, I couldn't be more proud to play with the guy for as long as I have."
"As a player on the field, Chad Greenway is the ultimate warrior. I remember from the first moment I got here to Minnesota, he was that guy that always pushed me. I gained [his] respect, but all the way up until now, he's always pushed me. He knows what triggers me. He's a fierce competitor – a guy that I love like a brother. I have so much respect for him. The passion he approaches meetings with, the game, practice – that's something that doesn't come around that often."
"I was happy when he re-signed. We've been here together and close friends for years, so I'm happy he's back."
"He's a great guy – I love to have him behind me. He's been great around the league. I watched him [while I] was coming through high school and college, and I'm glad to call him a teammate."
"He's a role model. He does great things in the community and was the team's leading tackler for [six] years. He's a guy I look up to. He does everything right, by the book, and is just a guy you love day-in and day-out."
"Obviously he's a veteran in this league – he's a leader on the field, he makes plays. He's a leader off the field in the community. He's just a guy that you look up to in every aspect and just a great dude overall. I love him to death and I'm glad he's on my team."
"He's a great guy. Obviously, you know what he does on the field and fans know what he does on the field, but off the field he's just an awesome guy, a great teammate. He was one of the first guys that welcomed me when I signed here, so it's nice to have that – a leader like that in the locker room. And it shows on the field, how much of an impact he has."
"He's a guy that we look up to, on and off the field," Smith added. "He teaches us a lot. Not just about the game, but about being a man, being a good guy in the community. We all love him, and a lot of guys try to follow his lead."
"What he's done for this organization over the last 10 years, for him to have the opportunity for him to play in the new stadium is incredible. What Chad brings to our team is also great. He's a veteran linebacker who, as he showed last year, can come in and play any position. Guys get banged up on that side of the ball, and Chad is a guy who is available every Sunday."
"For a guy to play for one team his whole career, that's something that you don't see a lot of. It's happened, but it's something where, if you do the right things, take care of your body, be great in the community and for the organization, obviously they want to have you around, and he's been a guy that's tried to help the young guys as well, is a great guy in the locker room, has got some great stories. When I came here, he was one of the first guys I talked to, just talking about Zim' and the new scheme. He was just a guy that was welcoming me here because he knows I've played around the league for quite a while, and he's just a quality guy. I would never want to have him in another locker room, that's for sure."
"He's always going to be one of my type of guys."