After 11 mostly excellent seasons in the NFL, Chad Greenway is hanging up his jersey. On Tuesday, he announced his retirement from the NFL.
Remarkably, he spent all 11 seasons with one team, the Minnesota Vikings. Over 161 games, Greenway racked up over 1100 tackles, had 18 sacks, intercepted 11 passes, forced eight fumbles, recovered 11 fumbles, and scored two touchdowns. He was a fixture in the Vikings defense for over a decade and made two Pro Bowl appearances in 2011 and 2012. He was an outstanding linebacker for Iowa in college and he was damn near as good for 11 years with the Vikings. Few former Hawkeyes have had pro careers as good (or as long) as Greenway.
During his retirement press conference, Greenway paid special thanks to Kirk Ferentz, the late Norm Parker, Phil Parker, Chris Doyle, and the rest of the Iowa football program that took a chance on him and developed him into a star. That clip is very much worth watching:
Congratulations on one hell of a career, Chad, and thanks for 15 years of fantastic memories. Best of luck to you and your family in retirement.