The Minnesota Vikings knew they had a quality player when they selected Chad Greenway 17th overall in 2006. They also got a quality person who learned from his parents growing up in a small South Dakota town, that you always give back.
Greenway is set to embark on his eighth NFL season and he's become a superstar coming off back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons. Off the field, he has had an even bigger impact with his foundation that's helping hundreds of kids and families across the region. It began when he was a kid and he witnessed his mom and dad giving hogs from the farm to those less fortunate.
"Just trying to use the gifts that you were given to the best you can and create an example for kids coming behind me, put in the same position," Greenway said. "This is how you should do it. There are so many bad examples of the way to do things."
Greenway's Lead the Way Foundation is truly leading the way. Sunday afternoon, Greenway hosted a Tender Heart luncheon. He knows it's only a short get-together, but it's a moment that can last a lifetime.
"A lot of us don't get it because we are not going through situations like that with our children," Greenway said. "Today is really to celebrate moms for what they do, the families and for the other child involved."
The event was one of many Greenway hosts throughout the year, from his golf tournament to his football camps to the lockers he stocked for kids at the children's hospital. He's always looking for ways to reach out and help as much as he can.