Commentary: Iowa Writer Raves about Greenway

Not too many people are critical of Chad Greenway, but HawkeyeNation.com publisher Jon Miller seems to like Greenway's attitude as much as his athletic skills in this commentary he gave VikingUpdate.com after the Vikings selected the Iowa linebacker.

Chad Greenway is one of the most intense competitors to wear a Hawkeye uniform in a long, long time, and given the quality players that have helped Iowa to four consecutive New Year's Day bowl games, that is saying a lot.

He played nine-man football in South Dakota, and a former Iowa Hawkeyes player saw him in action at the high school level. He then called the Hawkeyes football offices. Iowa received some tape, saw him play and offered Greenway a scholarship; Greenway was prepared to walk on at Nebraska.

Iowa's veteran defensive coordinator Norm Parker has maintained that he knew Greenway was going to be a starter since the first week Greenway walked on to Iowa's campus.

Greenway suffered a torn ACL injury during the spring of his sophomore season. He came back to play midway during that 2003 season, but he really began to gain national attention during the 2004 season once he was fully healthy.

Greenway plays with a great deal of emotion, routinely yelling and screaming after making a big play; it's not trash talking, it's just intensity boiling through his pores. Greenway was just as happy to play on Iowa's punt coverage unit as he was at his "Will" linebacker position – he was such a good athlete and instinctual hitter he was a member of that unit for three years at Iowa, including this past year.

He can cover tight ends in passing routes and is quick to the ball against the run. Some feel that Greenway could have been a first-round pick as a tight end had he moved to that position early in his career, something Dallas Clark did en route to winning the Mackey Award in 2002 and becoming a first-round NFL selection himself.

Greenway leaves Iowa with more than 400 career tackles, ranking very high on school's all-time list.

He and his linebacker mate Abdul Hodge became the heart and soul of the Iowa football team after NFL Pro Bowl safety Bob Sanders left Iowa after the 2003 season, and the program didn't miss a beat.



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