Super Bowl LII is just about in the record books. Whether you are a football lover or just someone who likes to watch the ads – it has become almost a national holiday for most Americans. Most of us will gather with friends and family to watch the big game at someone’s house or local establishment. Generally, we don’t even care who’s playing, it’s just that it’s the Super Bowl.
It takes a great deal of planning and preparation for any City to host the Super Bowl. It wasn’t too surprising that the planning committee turned to Number 52, Chad Greenway, retired from the Vikings to captain “Crew 52” for Super Bowl 52.
Crew 52 is a team of approximately 10,000 volunteers who will be a central part in making the Super Bowl a success. Crew 52 volunteers are the great face of Minnesota as it hosts more than one million visitors during the 10-day festival.
South Dakotans are extremely proud of our native son. Chad grew up on a farm outside of Mt. Vernon, South Dakota (population 441). He played nine-man football which many of the schools in South Dakota play to field a team. He went on to University of Iowa where he was a stand-out linebacker and was drafted in the first round by Minnesota in 2006. He had a stellar career for Vikings and was a two-time pro-bowler. After 11 years with the Minnesota Vikings, Chad Greenway retired in March 2017.
Chad is a strong leader both on and off the field. His philanthropic work has earned him honors and recognition. He was the Vikings nominee for Walter Payton Man of the Year. He was recognized as 2015 Vikings Community Man of the Year for his generosity and charity in the Twin Cities and his home state of South Dakota, his 3rd time earning the honor. Chad donated several “Chad’s Lockers” to hospitals throughout the Upper Midwest, giving patients and their families a resource to find games and books. He works through his Lead The Way Foundation to enhance education and health opportunities for children. As a businessman, he honed his business acumen by partnering with locally owned Aspire Beverage company, joining the company in winter 2016. Chad is still involved in farming today, he has been active with the ANF- America Needs Farmers efforts.
Chad is a dynamic speaker who will share his philosophy on teamwork and being a strong leader in the locker room and his community. We are fortunate that Chad will be with us to help kickoff the first day of WASHTO 2018 conference. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get his autograph after his speech.