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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (KWWL) -

Minnesota Viking and former Iowa Hawkeye Chad Greenway was honored by the National Football League Players Association for going above and beyond in performing community service in his hometown and the Twin Cities.

Greenway was awarded the Byron “Whizzer” White Award, the highest honor awarded by the NFLPA.

“I am extremely honored to receive the Whizzer White Award from the Players Association. I know how much Mr. White meant to this country outside of his work on the football field and I am humbled to win this prestigious award in his honor,” Greenway said in a written statement. “As a player in the nation's most popular sport, we have an opportunity to use our platform to give back to those in need. I consider myself very fortunate to have the chance to give back to my local community through my Lead The Way Foundation and have always let it be known that my off-field endeavors are equally as important as my on-field honors. Winning this award is truly an honor and something that I will cherish long after my playing days are over.”

“I cannot think of a more deserving player to win this award than Chad Greenway,” Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf said in a written statement. “Since being drafted in 2006, Chad has represented the Vikings with class both on the field and in the community. His commitment to philanthropy embodies what this organization stands for, and we are proud to call him a Viking.”

Greenway receives a $100,000 donation to his Lead The Way Foundation. Greenway started the Lead The Way Foundation in 2008 to provide daily support and life-changing experiences to ill and physically challenged children throughout the Twin Cities.

Greenway is only the second Viking to win the award. Cris Carter was honored in 1999. Greenway was also a finalist for the inaugural Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award in January.

The other finalists for this year's award were Dustin Colquitt of the Kansas City Chiefs, Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles, Jameel McClain of the New York Giants and Charles Tillman of the Chicago Bears.

Byron Raymond “Whizzer” White, a former first-round pick and 31-year Supreme Court Justice, played three seasons in the NFL before enlisting in the U.S. Navy during World War II. White played for Pittsburgh and Detroit. 

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