Since being drafted No. 17 in the 2006 NFL Draft, Chad Greenway has been a Minnesota Viking.
In a Nov. 2012 interview, Greenway expressed that he hoped to play the entirety of his career in purple and gold:
“I certainly want to retire a Viking […] I’d love to just play it out here and be able to have an entire tenure in Minnesota.”
Two years later, Greenway’s leadership, comradery and positive attitude in the locker room continue to be an asset to the team; his contribution on the field upheld its reputation, as well. Greenway missed four games due to injuries this season; in the 12 that he started, however, the linebacker tallied 93 tackles. According to league stats, he leads the NFL since 2007, with 984 tackles.
Greenway’s loyalty to Minnesota and athleticism have not changed; but there is no denying that other things have—namely, younger, talented players making an impact on the roster. As the Vikings packed up their gear and prepared to head into the offseason, Greenway demonstrated no sense of urgency to clear out his locker.
For No. 52, there is some uncertainty if he will return to this locker room next season.