The Minnesota Vikings may have picked up a new fan recently thanks to the heroics of linebacker Chad Greenway.
The 31-year-old Pro Bowler was on the scene Monday afternoon when a pair of boaters got stuck on Lake Minnetonka, just outside of Minneapolis. Crystal and Edward Alexis were house-gazing when their boat's steering failed and it got stuck close to the lake's spillway.
Greenway noticed the stranded boaters and ran down to help them.
"The waves are so big and the wind is so strong today that it pushed him right into the rocks, so we had to get him off the rocks, his prop cleared out of the rope, and get him turned in the right direction," Greenway told KARE-TV. "I just ran down, of course with my two little girls following behind me, trying to stay out of the way, and I figured I'd help them out. It looked like it was dangerous."
Greenway hopped in the water and helped push the boat to a safe area of the lake. He assisted a water patrolman in tying it up for towing and even gave the couple a lift back to their car.
A KARE cameraman happened to be on the scene, documenting the lake's conditions for a story about the dangerous water levels and high winds.
Only later did Edward Alexis reveal to Greenway that he's a Chicago Bears fan.
"Good thing he told me that afterward," Greenway joked.
The Vikings' first-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, Greenway is a two-time Pro Bowler (2011 and 2012) who has led the team in tackles for the last six seasons. His 87 consecutive starts ranks second among all active linebackers.