Greenway could miss Thanksgiving game due to birth of child

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Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway told reporters Tuesday that he’ll miss Thursday’s game at Detroit if his wife gives birth before then — or if she’s about to.

Jennifer Greenway is pregnant with the couple’s fourth child. Chad Greenway said she could give birth “any day” and that the family is in a minute-to-minute situation awaiting the child’s arrival.

The Vikings will fly to Detroit on Wednesday.

“It’s one thing to be playing on Thanksgiving, which is fun for most of the country except if you’re involved in that game,” Greenway said. “We’re pretty used to not being around family on holidays just because of our professions, so I think you kind of get used to it.

“It doesn’t make it easier with this case, with the baby so close to coming. A lot of anxiety. You don’t know what’s going to happen, and you don’t want something bad to happen when you’re gone or have any emergency.”

36 responses to “Greenway could miss Thanksgiving game due to birth of child

  1. You’ve GOT to be kidding. It’s your JOB dude. The baby will be there after the game.

  2. Well, I love Greenway and he has been a great player for many years… he only had 11 snaps last week. We will get by without him the birth of a child is a good excuse.

    Skol Vikes!

  3. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Nov 22, 2016 4:35 PM

    You’ve GOT to be kidding. It’s your JOB dude. The baby will be there after the game.

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    You’ve GOT to be kidding. It’s your FAMILY dude. Your job will be there after the birth.

  4. Greenway is a class act and the NFL needs more like him. If anyone deserves a day off to be with his wife, it’s him. Skol Vikes.

  5. “It’s one thing to be playing on Thanksgiving, which is fun for most of the country except if you’re involved in that game,” Greenway said. “We’re pretty used to not being around family on holidays just because of our professions, so I think you kind of get used to it.
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    Poor thing. Try being deployed to Afghanistan at Thanksgiving for a small fraction of the pay.

  6. Coming from someone that missed the birth of their child, I 1000% agree with Chad being there with his family.

    I was in the service (1972 – 1978) and was not able to be home with my wife for the birth of our daughter in February of 1973. My Army buddies took me out to celebrate that night – but – quite honestly I wasn’t really in the mood. I so wanted to be home.

    22 years later – I was able to kind of recreate the event when my grandson was born – and my wife and I were right outside the delivery room with the door open.

    I won’t lie – I cried happy tears.

  7. I wouldn’t have missed the birth of my kids for anything. Good job, Chad! Class act, just like the majority of South Dakotans!

  8. abninf says:
    Nov 22, 2016 5:21 PM
    “It’s one thing to be playing on Thanksgiving, which is fun for most of the country except if you’re involved in that game,” Greenway said. “We’re pretty used to not being around family on holidays just because of our professions, so I think you kind of get used to it.
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    Poor thing. Try being deployed to Afghanistan at Thanksgiving for a small fraction of the pay.

    Everyone has the right to be unhappy with missing out on a holiday. What you do for a living and the amount you make shouldn’t matter.

  9. abninf says:
    Nov 22, 2016 5:21 PM

    Poor thing. Try being deployed to Afghanistan at Thanksgiving for a small fraction of the pay.

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    I have. I spent the several Thanksgivings and Christmas seasons deployed to the middle east or some other part of the globe.

    And because of that, I empathize with Greenway. I certainly am not going to belittle his desire to be with his family instead of traveling.

  10. Some really stupid comments…ANY REAL FATHER would do whatever he could to be there. As a Navy man I was blessed that my two children were both born while I was home and didn’t miss a second. Any NFL player who chooses to miss their child being born will regret it

  11. Be there for her man.

    There for all 3 of ours and the 3rd our son almost did not make it, 1 on that 1-10 scale they use. So you never know. Also his older sisters 12 and 11 years old at the time got to be there too. Great day in their lives too.

  12. Homer: There’s three ways to do things. The right way, the wrong way, and the Chad Greenway.
    Bart: Isn’t that the wrong way?
    Homer: Yeah, but faster.

  13. Well, it is possible for every player on our team to be having a baby in the same week. Would you be ok with letting them all off for the week?

  14. Every job in our country gives time off FOR THE FATHER to be there..It’s called Baby leave and even baby bonding time. Football is their job. Cops, Drs , fireman even Military gives time off for this. Why wouldn’t a MAN want to be with his family. The dumb comments are I bet from the deadbeat daddy’s who don’t pay child support for their kids now…

  15. abninf says:
    Nov 22, 2016 5:21 PM
    “It’s one thing to be playing on Thanksgiving, which is fun for most of the country except if you’re involved in that game,” Greenway said. “We’re pretty used to not being around family on holidays just because of our professions, so I think you kind of get used to it.
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    Poor thing. Try being deployed to Afghanistan at Thanksgiving for a small fraction of the pay.

    You sign up to be in the military and you also know that you have pretty much no say in such matters while being part of the military.

    Poor thing, don’t sign up to be in the military if you can’t handle it or not bitch about it.

  16. ALL those guys / ladies who serve in the military .

    THANK YOU

    sorry your missing time from your familys on the holidays, i have a nephew in the AIRFORCE , havn’t seen him in 4 yrs.won’t till next may.

    SO all of you military personel , football players, and POLICE ,firemen/women , medical personel .

    HAVE A SAFE AN HAPPY HOLIDAYS

    and again

    THANK YOU

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