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LETTER: Greenway still a farm boy at heart

To the Editor:

I recently had the sincere pleasure of spending the day with NFL star Chad Greenway.

A friend of mine, Fred Prien, was trying to raise money for football pads for the Mount Vernon third and fourth grade. He called Greenway about participating in a hunt. Without hesitation and on very short notice, Chad agreed. Fred told me all of the other things that Chad had put back into the community and the local area. I felt the neat thing about these contributions is that I never heard of them before. Chad does these generous things not to get media exposure but because of his Midwest roots and morals.

Chad showed up for the hunt and slid immediately into the group. It was like hunting back home on the opening day of pheasant season. Chad truly enjoyed the hunt and seemed as excited as we were to hunt and spend time with friends. The day was very relaxed and filled with laughter (sometimes about Chad's shooting). Chad patiently signed jerseys, hats and anything else we could find.

On the way home, our conversation was not about the tremendous hunt or the beautiful February day. It was centered around the fact that Chad was genuine and open. It was evident to my group that Chad was still a South Dakota farm boy at heart and truly still one of us. I got home to the excitement of a 13-year-old boy. I handed out the souvenirs of the hunt and watched him jump up and down. After the jubilation, I stressed to my son that I not only had hunted with an NFL star but I had spent the day with a very fine person.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention Mark Meier of the Rosewood Barn Lodge and his family. They graciously hosted the hunt. Like Chad, Mark gives back enormously to his community.