06/03/2014 12:31 pm ET Updated Jun 03, 2014

Minnesota Vikings Player Chad Greenway Rescues Stranded Boaters In Lake

Who better to rescue distressed boaters than a Viking?

Minnesota Vikings player Chad Greenway helped save two stranded boaters Monday afternoon after the steering failed on the couple's new boat. Crystal and Edward Alexis were left spinning in circles on Lake Minnetonka and edging toward the rocks.

That's when Greenway spotted them, KARE11 reports.

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"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 told the station.

A video of the rescue shows the boat bucking in heavy wind and rough, choppy waves as Greenway steadies the craft. The 6-foot, 2-inch, 242-pound linebacker succeeded in securing the boat, then gave the soggy couple a ride back to their car.

After the rescue, the couple told KARE11 they hadn't realized the good Samaritan was a Minnesota Vikings player. Crystal, a Vikings fan, was thrilled; Edward had another take: "I'm a Chicago Bears fan, I'm just going to keep it real."

Greenway laughingly joked, "Good thing he told me that after!"