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Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway to retire

Chad Greenway is ending his 11-year NFL career.

The Minnesota Vikings announced Monday that the linebacker would announce his retirement at a press conference on Tuesday. The news conference will take place at noon ET.

Greenway played his entire career in Minnesota, ranking fourth in franchise history with 1,334 tackles, according to the team. In 156 career games, the 34-year-old compiled 18 regular-season sacks, 32 passes broken up and 11 interceptions.

An anchor of the Vikings defense for a decade, the 2006 first-round pick earned two Pro Bowl selections and was named team defensive MVP three times in his career.

Greenway was praised as much for his off-field work as his on-field ferocity. The linebacker received accolades from his community service. He created the Lead The Way Foundation, which enhances education and health opportunities for children and families in need. In 2007, Greenway was named the Vikings' Ed Block Courage Award winner after returning from a season-ending knee injury suffered during his rookie season.

Greenway had been contemplating retirement since the end of the season, ahead of potential free agency, but said he had no plans to play anywhere other than Minnesota.

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