Pro Bowl Linebacker Chad Greenway Joins America Needs Farmers Team
5/16/2013 9:16:26 AM
Chad Greenway, a small-town farm boy, now a dominant defensive
player in the National Football League (NFL), is the latest football
star teaming up with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) and the
University of Iowa (UI) to promote the America Needs Farmers (ANF)
Greenway was raised on a small South Dakota farm that his
parents still operate. Today, he is one of the NFL’s most prolific
linebackers, but underneath his jersey and pads is a farmer passionate
about highlighting the vital role agriculture plays in our country.
“The importance of farmers is never going to go away. The foundation of
human nature is farming: being able to produce something from the land,
able to feed your family, feed your community, and feed the
world,” Greenway said. “It’s the backbone of America. It’s what we’re
all about. It’s the fabric of our being.”
Greenway says the life lessons learned on the farm help motivate
him on the football field. “There are so many levels where hard work
and growing up on a farm can correlate to football. I’ve used all the
principles I gained growing up on a farm to really push me in the
profession that I’m in now,” said Greenway, star linebacker of the
Minnesota Vikings entering his eighth season in the league. “The game
of football is unique and tests you in many ways; it tests your will; it
tests your ability to get up from being knocked down; it tests your
work ethic, for sure, and the want-to that you have.”
Greenway joins an impressive list of former Hawkeye players who
support ANF, a campaign launched by legendary Hawkeye coach Hayden Fry
in 1985 during the Farm Crisis. The ANF emblem is displayed on Hawkeye
football players’ helmets today and is a source of pride for the former
Hawkeye great. “I’m proud that I went to the University of Iowa and
that ANF is part of what the UI symbolizes and tries to push. I’m proud
that the people of Iowa can turn on the Hawkeye game and be proud of
the people we are putting on the field who wear that emblem,” said
With most people two to three generations removed from the
family farm, IFBF and the UI joined forces to promote the ANF message
and talk to consumers about the food, fuel and fiber raised by farmers.
“Consumers want to know more about where their food comes from and the
ANF effort is just one way farmers are helping build that
understanding,” said Craig Hill, IFBF president.
Greenway joins former Hawkeye greats Hap Peterson, Mike Haight,
Matt Kroul, Casey Wiegmann, Jared Devries, and Dallas Clark as ANF
supporters. The ANF campaign continues to create excitement with the
2013 Hawkeye football season drawing closer.
Learn more about why Chad Greenway and the other members of the ANF team believe America Needs Farmers.
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