Former Vikings defender keeps giving back to Minnesota

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Chad Greenway
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Chad Greenway /

It has been over four years since Chad Greenway took the field in a Minnesota Vikings uniform to be a part of the team’s defense. However, that hasn’t stopped the former linebacker from doing great things in the land of 10,000 lakes.

Now at 38 years old, the South Dakota native accumulated an impressive 1,103 combined tackles to go with 18 sacks and 11 interceptions over the course of his 10 NFL seasons, all of which were spent in Minnesota.

Greenway continues to do great things in Minnesota after his retirement. continuing with his efforts through the Lead the Way Foundation, his charitable organization set up to enrich the Lives of Individuals and Families in Need.

Recently, the official website of the Minnesota Vikings shared some news about the foundation creating a  small playground at the Crescent Cove Respite and Hospice Home for Kids in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota that is accessible for all and can put a smile on the face of children and families facing extremely difficult life situations.

Check out a photo of the playground as shared on Greenways’ personal Instagram account:

The Lead the Way Foundation has done many things like this since its creation in 2012, including playground builds, helping families with accessible transportation, providing entertainment for hospitalized youth, and much more.

Chad Greenway was the winner of the 2015 NFLPA Alan Page Community Award (formerly Byron “Whizzer” White NFL Man of the Year Award), an accolade awarded for going above and beyond to perform community service in a player’s hometown and team city. The fact he continues to do things for the community.

Don’t expect Chad Greenway to fade away into obscurity anytime soon. With his organization still working hard to help kids and families, he has also been working with high school athletic programs to provide important equipment for the future and is a founder of Gray Duck Spirits, a beverage company that specializes in vodka and seltzers.