29 Facts About Chad Greenway


Chad Greenway was born on January 12,1983 and is an American former professional football player who spent his entire 11-year career as a linebacker with the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League.


Chad Greenway played college football for the Iowa Hawkeyes, and was selected by the Vikings in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft.


Chad Greenway was named Gatorade Football Player of the Year as a senior in 2001.


Chad Greenway earned first-team All-conference honors for three straight seasons, as well as MVP honors.


Chad Greenway played quarterback and free safety and returned punts and kickoffs, helping prep team win two consecutive state titles as a junior and senior.


Chad Greenway attended the University of Iowa, and played for the Iowa Hawkeyes football team from 2002 to 2005.


Chad Greenway was named the Big Ten Conference's joint Defensive Player of the Week vs Arizona State, and won the Hustle Team Award at Iowa.


Chad Greenway was selected by the team as Iowa's Special Teams Player of the Year, won the Hustle Team Award for defense, and was one of three juniors selected to the team Leadership Council for 2004 season.


In 2005, Chad Greenway was named preseason All-America by The Sporting News, NationalChamps.


Chad Greenway was ranked as the No 2 outside linebacker by The Sporting News, and named to the Bronko Nagurski and Lott Trophy watch lists.


Chad Greenway subsequently missed his entire rookie season in 2006.


Chad Greenway entered training camp slated as a starting outside linebacker.


Chad Greenway intercepted a pass by Giants' quarterback Eli Manning and returned it for a 37-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.


Chad Greenway started all 16 games in 2007 and recorded 105 combined tackles, four pass deflections, two forced fumbles, two interceptions, and one touchdown.


Chad Greenway finished the 2008 season with 115 combined tackles, a career-high 5.5 sacks, and five pass deflections in 16 games and 15 starts.


Chad Greenway made both interceptions off pass attempts by Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford.


Chad Greenway started all 16 games in 2009 and recorded 99 combined tackles, a career-high six pass deflections, and three interceptions.


Chad Greenway started in all 16 games in 2010 and recorded 144 combined tackles, three interceptions, one pass deflection, a forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.


On March 1,2011, Chad Greenway signed his one-year, $10.09 million franchise tag.


Chad Greenway started all 16 games in 2011 and recorded a career-high 154 combined tackles, two pass deflections, and two sacks.


Head coach Leslie Frazier named Chad Greenway the starting weakside linebacker to start the regular season, along with Erin Henderson and middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley.


On October 5,2012, Chad Greenway was fined $21,000 for unnecessary roughness after he struck wide receiver Calvin Johnson in the head and neck area.


Chad Greenway started in all 16 games in 2012 and recorded 148 combined tackles, four pass deflections, three sacks, and an interception.


On January 10,2013, it was announced that Chad Greenway was selected to play in the 2013 Pro Bowl as a replacement for DeMarcus Ware who was unable to play due to an injury.


Chad Greenway intercepted a pass by Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, that was originally intended for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, in the third quarter.


Chad Greenway started all 16 games and recorded 134 combined tackles, four pass deflections, three interceptions, and three sacks.


On March 31,2016, Chad Greenway announced that he was returning for an 11th season with the Vikings and that it would be his last.


On March 6,2017, Chad Greenway officially announced his retirement from the National Football League.


Chad Greenway married in July 2006 to Jenni Capista, a former track and field athlete at Iowa.