Former Iowa linebacker Chad Greenway was honored by the Big Ten on Wednesday. Greenway was named the recipient of the 2017 Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian Award.
Greenway and his wife Jenni started the Lead the Way foundation in 2008, which helps critically ill and physically-challenged children in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Greenway played for the Minnesota Vikings for 11 years before retiring in March 2017.
Greenway starred at Iowa from 2002-2005. He was a second-team All-American in 2004 and 2005 and his 156 tackles in 2005 rank third in Iowa history. Greenway was placed in the Hawkeyes’ Wall of Honor earlier this year.
The award was created in 2011. Here is a list of past Dungy-Thompson winners:
- 2011: George Taliaferro, IND
- 2012: Chris Spielman, OSU
- 2013: Drew Brees, PUR
- 2014: Brian Griese, MICH
- 2015: John Shinsky, MSU
- 2016: Trent Green, IND
- 2017: Chad Greenway, IOWA
In addition to Greenway’s honor, the Big Ten also announced that former Wisconsin defensive back Troy Vincent won the 2017 Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award.