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St. Paul Pioneer Press Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway stands in front of his parent’s farm in his hometown of Mount Vernon, S.D., on July 1. Greenway traveled home to to lead a football clinic for local kids.

A giant of the earth: Vikings’ Greenway returns home to S.D., gets in touch with roots

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MOUNT VERNON, S.D. — It is barely 62 degrees and raining sideways on this unlikely first day of July, a howling 22-mph northwest wind making the onetime alfalfa field of football dreams feel like November tundra.

Hometown idol Chad Greenway is in small-town heaven, planted in a three-point stance, mesh blue T-shirt soaked and clinging to his torso like cellophane, his face beaming a toothy smile that has a back story of its own.

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