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Chad Greenway (born January 12, 1983 in ) is an American football player who plays linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He played college football for the Iowa Hawkeyes from 2002 to 2005.

Iowa Hawkeye career

Greenway redshirted his freshman season in 2001 at the University of Iowamarker. As a redshirt freshman in 2002, he suffered a knee injury that required surgery and did not play in the first four games.

In 2003, he started at linebacker in all 13 games and was named second team All-Big Ten. Greenway was named the Big Ten Conference co-Defensive Player of the Week vs. Arizona State, and won the Hustle Team Award at Iowa.

In 2004, he was named a first team All-American by Pro Football Weekly, a second team All-American by CNNSI.com, and a third team All-American by CollegeSportsReport.com. Within the conference, Greenway was named first team All-Big Ten and selected as a first team all-Big Ten player by Collegefootballnews.com. 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, Greenway was named Preseason All-America by The Sporting News, NationalChamps.net, and Playboy, and was named to the preseason honorable mention All-America squad selected by NationalChamps.net. He was ranked as the #2 outside linebacker by The Sporting News, and named to Bronko Nagurski Watch List and Lott Trophy Watch List.

Professional career

Chad Greenway entered the 2006 NFL Draft, where he was drafted by the Vikings with the 17th pick in the first round. Greenway selected #52 as his jersey number for the Minnesota Vikings. In training camp, he was listed as a second string linebacker on the depth chart.

In Minnesota's first preseason game against Oakland, Greenway tore his ACL playing special teams on a kickoff return. He missed the entire 2006 NFL season with the injury.

Chad Greenway started the 2007-2008 season as the Minnesota Vikings starting weakside linebacker.

In Greenway's first NFL game on September 9, 2007 against the Atlanta Falcons Greenway recorded 10 tackles.

Greenway completed the 2007 NFL season with 105 tackles with two forced fumbles along with two interceptions with one touchdown.

In 2008, Greenway had another impressive season finishing with 5.5 sacks and lead the team with 115 tackles. He also deflected 5 passes.

Personal

Greenway married in July 2006 to Jennifer Capista, a former track and field athlete at Iowa, the couple had a daughter, Maddyn, in summer 2007. He joined his wife and members of the Vikings Women’s Organization in hosting the annual Vikings Gridiron Gallop 5K fun run on Father’s Day.

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