NFL: Greenway plays for father two days after his death
MIAMI - Two days after the death of his father, Chad Greenway suited up and played for the Vikings against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Alan Greenway, of Mount Vernon, S.D., had been battling leukemia for several years. "Obviously, it was a toug...
MIAMI – Two days after the death of his father, Chad Greenway suited up and played for the Vikings against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
Alan Greenway, of Mount Vernon, S.D., had been battling leukemia for several years.
“Obviously, it was a tough week for my family,” Greenway said after the Vikings’ 37-35 loss. “It just came down to trying to make a decision about what was the right thing to do. I talked with my family. Everyone thought they could be good handling the stuff back home. I came and played the game.
“It was a tough decision, but I think it was the right decision. I just want to get back home now and just be with them.”
Greenway didn’t practice with the team during the latter part of the week, instead returning to Mount Vernon. He wanted to play Sunday, in part, out of loyalty to the Vikings, who have been caring during this difficult time.
“This organization has been so supportive of my family and myself, and has been from Day One when my dad got ill. It’s such a blessing to be with this organization. They’ve been there for me every step of the way, and they continue to do it now.
“We’re still in the midst of the season and this is what I do and, you know, you have to go to work.”
“Chad cares about the Minnesota Vikings an awful lot, and that’s what he told me his father would want him to do – go play,” coach Mike Zimmer said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his mom.”
Greenway was in on three tackles and was credited with a half sack from his linebacker position. But he did not play the entire second half after suffering a knee injury.
“Yeah, the knee got bent back and I felt a pop,” Greenway said. “That’s not what I had in mind flying to Miami and playing this football game. This makes matters worse.”
Greenway said that, overall, being around the team helped to ease his mind a bit during his time of loss.
“It’s a distraction, I guess, for me,” he noted. “But my family is still dealing with some stuff back home.
“You just try to get your mind in the right direction and keep your focus on football and things you’ve got to do. It’s really a blessing to be around the team and the guys.”