MINNETONKA, Minn. - Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway helped rescue two people on Lake Minnetonka on Monday afternoon.
The couple was stuck near the spillway at Gray's Bay Dam.
"We were looking at all the beautiful houses and all of the sudden the steering wheel wouldn't turn and we were going in circles," says Crystal Alexis.
Crystal and her husband Edward had just purchased their boat the day before. The maiden voyage was a memorable one for sure.
"It just got scary close to the rocks," she says.
The Alexis' were waiting for the water patrol to come and trying to keep the boat from slamming into the rocks, or getting sucked over the spillway. That's when Greenway jumped into action.
"So, 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," says Greenway.
Chad got in the water and helped push the boat into an inlet and waited with the couple until water patrol arrived. Then he helped the deputy get the craft tied up and ready to tow.
"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 said.
People on the pier thought his heroic efforts were quite spectacular.
"Superman to the rescue! He'll get a bonus for that," said Don and Beth Nelson as they watched.
But what did Crystal and Edward think of Minnesota Viking Chad Greenway coming to their aid?
"We didn't even know, we didn't even know," the couple said.
So, now that they do know who their knight in soaking wet shorts is, Chad will clearly have super-fans for life...right?
"Oh, it's always been the Vikings," says Crystal, but her husband has a different view. "I'm a Chicago Bears fan, I'm just going to keep it real," said Edward with a laugh.
"Good thing he told me that after!" joked Greenway.
His kindness didn't stop there. Chad then drove the soaking wet couple to go retrieve their boat and car.