The Inspiration Behind Chad Greenway’s Big Game vs. 49ers
By all accounts, Mt. Vernon native and Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway had a monster game Sunday against San Francisco: 10 solo tackles, 13 total tackles, and 2 quarterback hits.
It's not until you understand who was in the stands at the Metrodome that you fully realize why Greenway was playing so inspired.
For the first time all season, Alan Greenway, Chad's father, was watching his son play in person. Alan was diagnosed with leukemia in May. Chad had to miss most of the team's organized team activities in May and June to be with his father, who struggled with both the disease and the complications that came with its treatment. At the team's mandatory minicamp in June, Greenway said his father's leukemia was in remission.
After the game, Greenway told the Star Tribune:
"It was certainly fun," he said. "For me, it had a bunch of added greatness: My dad was able to make the game."
"I knew I wasn't going to leave anything in the tank, that's for sure," Chad Greenway said. "Not that I ever really do. But you know, I wanted it to be special. Nobody in this building knew he was going to be there besides me. I'm just so happy the way it turned out."
Monday it was back to the real world for the Greenways, as was off to Mayo Clinic in Rochester for a checkup.