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“I think I envisioned it going this way, to consistently get better and better and better,” Greenway said. “The goal is to be the best player you can be. I think I envision myself as being up there with linebackers in the NFL.”

Few will argue with that. Certainly not Chan Gailey, whose Buffalo Bills face Greenway’s Vikings on Sunday.

“He really becomes a pain, is what he does, because he’s making a ton of plays,” Gailey said. “He’s in the line, he’s out of the line, he’s dancing around back there. You don’t know where he’s going to be next. He’s just making a ton of plays right now and just creates headaches for you.”

Enough headaches to get him to his first Pro Bowl? The increased use of the 3-4 scheme has made pass-rushing linebackers like Dallas’ DeMarcus Ware and Green Bay’s Clay Matthews en vogue. Greenway plays in a traditional 4-3 defensive scheme, which limits his opportunities for sacks, the magical statistic that makes Pro Bowl voters swoon.

“Oh it would be unbelievable,” Greenway said. “To be able to consider yourself as one of the better players in the NFL and get invited to the Pro Bowl would be huge. Something you always work for, but you can’t weigh your career on Pro Bowls because positions are different.”