IOWA CITY, Iowa — Former Iowa linebacker Chad Greenway was named the sixth recipient of the America Needs Farmers (ANF) Wall of Honor, the Iowa athletics department announced Monday.
Greenway joins Casey Wiegmann (2012), Jared DeVries (2013), Bruce Nelson (2014), Robert Gallery (2015) and Dallas Clark (2016) as an ANF Wall of Honor recipient. The ANF Wall of Honor salutes former Iowa football players who exemplify the tenacity, work ethic and character of the Iowa farmer. The plaque is located in the ANF Plaza in the northwest corner of Kinnick Stadium.
Greenway, who grew up on a farm near Mount Vernon, S.D., played football on a 9-man team in high school. Iowa was his only Division I offer, and he switched from quarterback to safety and eventually linebacker. He became one of Iowa’s best players in the Kirk Ferentz era.
The Hawkeyes won at least 10 games from Greenway’s freshman to junior seasons, and Iowa claimed a share of two Big Ten titles. In 2004, the Hawkeyes held Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin to a combined 18 points in victories. Greenway was a first-team All-Big Ten linebacker and earned a second-team All-America nod. In 2005, Greenway earned first-team all-Big Ten honors and was named a second-team All-American for the second straight season.
Greenway’s 156 tackles in 2005 rank third in Iowa history. His 416 all-time tackles rank fifth.
The Minnesota Vikings drafted Greenway in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played all 11 years with the Vikings before retiring in March. Greenway earned a pair of Pro Bowl berths and was a team captain last year. Greenway had 144 career starts, ranks fourth in Minnesota history in tackles with 1,329, and also has 11 career interceptions and 2 scores.
Greenway will join the Hawkeyes on Friday and Saturday for activities leading up to the Saturday night game against No. 4 Penn State (7:30 p.m., ABC).