Greenway appeased one question after another and joked with reporters throughout the process. He continued to use his sense of humor Friday at Vikings training camp.
Greenway was married two weeks ago, but hasn't had much of honeymoon as he had to be concerned with contract negotiations that finally ended when he signed his contract Thursday, the day rookies reported to Mankato for the start of their training camp.
Asked if it would be strange to be rooming with someone other than his wife in his first NFL training camp, Greenway said, "It may be stranger for Ben (Leber) because I haven't really lived with my wife yet. We were sitting next to each other when Coach said to pick your roommate, (not because of) any South Dakota ties or anything."
Another reporter noticed that Greenway was still wearing his wedding ring after the morning practice, an oddity in the sports world and potential hazard on the field.
"I forgot to take if off today," Greenway said. "I meant to do that and I forgot. I haven't really asked her if it's OK to take it off. No, I'll be taking it off in the near future at some point so I don't break my finger."
A rookie in marriage and the NFL, Greenway already knows who is the boss in both fields. But when it came to adjusting to life at an NFL training camp, one of the first things Greenway mentioned didn't have anything to do with football. He might be more worried about an activity 5-year olds can handle rather than being concerned about a pulling All-Pro guard bearing down on him.
"The biggest thing was the bicycles," he said of the training camp tradition of riding bikes between the locker rooms and dorms. "I haven't ridden a bike in like six or seven years, so that's kind of fun. Living on a gravel road growing up, you don't ride bikes that often. So I had to make sure I knew what I was doing out there, so I don't embarrass myself with the cameras on."
Greenway said he receives no special treatment on the farm when he returns home and doesn't want any. Part of the advantage of going home is returning to the lifestyle he grew up with.
That was more apparent in the last month, when NFL players weren't required to be working out at the team complex. Greenway wanted to stay in shape, but there isn't exactly a world-class gym to train in near his hometown of Mount Vernon, S.D.
Instead, nature provided the gym.
"I have this big hill that I used to train on in high school when we won our state titles. I haven't trained on it in five years because I've always trained in Iowa because they have us there all summer. I haven't trained on my own in five years because coach (Chris) Doyle, our training coach at Iowa, has always taken care of us. So it was a little different this past month. But I went back to the old stomping grounds, the nine-man football training regimen, and it seemed to work. Time will tell to see what kind of shape I'm in."
One thing is for sure, Greenway's engaging personality is in shape.