The Minnesota Vikings have had good, spirited attendance at OTA’s so far this year by all accounts. A few veterans have stayed away, including Percy Harvin after his shoulder presumably started to act up after attending the very beginning of OTA’s. Jared Allen has also been away, which is not really a surprise given that is pretty much the norm for number 69.
One player that has been somewhat of a mystery has been Chad Greenway whose absence has been attributed to the vague reason of “family situation” up until this point.
According to reports, however, Greenway is indeed dealing with an unenviable and difficult situation. His father, whom we can all remember for his words after Greenway was drafted, has been battling leukemia and is currently getting hospice care.
“I talked with him a few days ago and I don’t know if we’ll have him back for mandatory minicamp,” Leslie Frazier said. “His family situation is something he’s dealing with so we may or may not have him back for that but it’s understandable, what he’s experiencing.”
According to the reports, a number of South Dakota farmers have banded together to help Alan Greenway out by bailing his hay this season.
We here at VT would like to pass along our best wishes to Alan, Chad, and the whole Greenway family. This is surely the most trying of times for the Greenway family, and I know many of you would be eager to help out, but I have been unable to find any sort of fund being organized for Mr. Greenway. If I find one I will be sure to pass that along.
In the meantime, Pennies for Patients has always been a standup organization to support in the battle against leukemia.
[UPDATE: It should be noted that the sixth annual Greenway’s Gridiron Gallup will be held this Sunday, Father’s Day, in Minneapolis. The 5k run helps to raise funds for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board youth athletic programming. For more details, you can click here.]