While it may not come as a surprise to many people out there who have paid attention, Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway is set to retire after 11 seasons in the league. In an announcement made today, the Vikings said that one of the mainstays of their defense for more than a decade would be hanging up his cleats after a career that will no doubt go down as one of the better in Vikings history.
Greenway played all 11 years with the Vikings and ranked fourth in team history with over 1,300 tackles. In 156 career games, Greenway also compiled 18 sacks, 11 interceptions and 32 broken (up) passes. More than that, though, he was an amazing ambassador for the team, being nominated for the ‘Man of the Year’ (Or whatever it’s called) award as well as the ‘Ed Block Courage Award’ (Which he won) after returning from an ACL tear his rookie season (A game I attended). Greenway also made two Pro-Bowls and was named the Vikings defensive MVP three times in his career.
He had announced that 2016 would likely be his last season before the season started, however some doubt was created by Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer who, during the season, said that he had told Greenway to never say never and that he wasn’t 100% sure that Greenway wouldn’t return. Always a man of his word, though, Greenway will officially announce his retirement to the media tomorrow.
purplePTSD.com writer Joe Oberle will be in attendance and we will have more information sometime tomorrow afternoon!