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Chad Greenway Retires

Minnesota Vikings’ veteran linebacker, Chad Greenway announced on March 6, 2017, that he’ll be retiring from playing football in the NFL after a career that has spanned 11 seasons.

He played the entirety of his 11-year career with the Minnesota Vikings after they drafted him with the 17th overall pick of the first round in the 2006 NFL Draft.

After playing his college football at Iowa with the Iowa Hawkeyes, he started his pro career as a Vikings’ special teams player. It was whilst playing on special teams during a kickoff return that he suffered an ACL injury. This was unfortunate as it was during the very first pre-season game of the 2006 season just after he’d been drafted. The injury caused him to miss the whole of his first season as a pro. Once recovered from his ACL injury, Greenway wasted no time in cementing himself as the starting weakside linebacker for the team.

Throughout his 10 seasons of regular season play, he has been a constant addition to the starting lineup. Only twice out of those 10 seasons did he play less than 16 games. One of those was the 2016 season that would prove to be his last.

A strong tackler on the field and all round good guy off it, Chad announced his retirement from the game on March 6, 2017. He hasn’t, however, ruled out a return to the organisation in some form of executive role, but he said that currently, “…that’s all what-ifs, and that’s just a road that I could go down if A, B and C happen…I would say that I would definitely consider it and look into it if we get to that point.”

He retires after being a 1st round NFL Draft choice (which is a great achievement in its own right) with two Pro Bowl appearances and a second team All-Pro selection in 2012. He has also won the team’s Man of the Year award an incredible four times. Stats-wise, he ends his career with 1,334 tackles, 18.0 sacks and 11 interceptions.

Chad Greenway recovering a fumble during the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl game.

So, who replaces Chad Greenway at the linebacker position for the Vikings? Is his replacement already on the roster or do they go shopping during the free-agency period of the 2017 season to gain an experienced replacement who can help the already good defense improve that bit more? Maybe they try to pick up his long-term replacement from the 2017 NFL Draft that is said to be deep in defensive talent if that’s what you’re looking for, whether it be starters or roster depth.

So, what do you think? Let us know in the comments below.