Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway knows he’s not getting any younger. With age and many injuries, the human body tends to slow down and that can be very noticeable on the football field. Greenway has been a part of the Vikings franchise for 9 seasons now and is hoping to make it 10 before he hangs up his helmet for good.
Recently, the folks at Vikings.com spoke with Chad Greenway about his future with the team. From the sounds of things, discussions between the linebacker and the Vikings brass have gone quite well. Here’s what Greenway told Vikings.com about the talks:
"“All positive, you know, all obviously, we both want to find a way to make it work,” Greenway said. “I’m the athlete, or I’m of the athlete’s side that says, ‘I get where I’m at in my career. I’m not too stubborn to say I need this.’ I get it, but also to sit and look at my position, I want to do it for one more year. I’ve been here for nine. I might as well finish here as a Viking.”"
Oct 26, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Chad Greenway (52) prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
As a fan, I know that I’d love to see Chad Greenway retire as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. I admit that I own his jersey and cheered the day that he was drafted by Minnesota back in 2006. Since then, he’s been consistently one of the top tacklers for the team, leading the squad in the statistic six times and being tops in the NFL in combined tackles in 2010.
But all that impact on his body can take a toll. Chad Greenway knows that the Vikings have to do what is best for the team, but feels that he can still contribute well enough to be an asset to the squad.
"“I don’t know if I’d commit to more than one at this point, but at the same point, they have a business to run as well, and I understand that, and if I was in their shoes, I’d run the business as well. I think there’s enough ‘want-to’ on both sides to make it happen, and I hope it happens in the next couple of weeks.”"
While Chad Greenway would love to remain a starter, he stated in the Vikings.com article that he understands that the team has to do what is best for their success. He said that he would be willing to accept whatever role the team gives him if it gives them the best chance to win games.
Hopefully, the Vikings and Chad Greenway can work together to allow Greenway one more season with the team before he retires. I’d love to see him spend his entire career with the Vikings and never play another place besides Minnesota. And I think that in this case the player and the team will work hard to make that happen.
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