GREEN BAY, Wis. – Ted Thompson, whose 13-year run as Inexperienced Bay Packers common supervisor included their 2010 Tremendous Bowl championship season, has died. He was 68.
The Packers introduced Thursday that Thompson died the earlier evening at his dwelling in Atlanta, Texas. A Packers official mentioned the group was contacted by a direct member of the family.
Thompson was Packers common supervisor from 2005-17 and drafted many notable gamers on the present roster, together with two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He acquired 49 of the 53 gamers on the Packers’ 2010 championship group.
Thompson spent over twenty years within the Packers’ entrance workplace and was the group’s director of professional personnel when the Packers received the Tremendous Bowl for the 1996 season and captured the NFC title the next 12 months.
“Ted lived a lifetime of true Christian humility in a world the place it’s extra frequent to proclaim one’s personal greatness,” Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy mentioned in a press release. “Those that knew him properly admired his brilliance as a scout and his extraordinary capability to search out gamers of fine character. He was slyly humorous and a loyal and true good friend. We’ll all miss him very a lot and we ship our deepest sympathy to his household who beloved and supported him all through his life.”
Thompson had a 10-season taking part in profession as a linebacker with the Houston Oilers from 1975-1984, however he arguably made his greatest impression as an govt. He labored in Inexperienced Bay’s entrance workplace from 1992-99 and was the Seattle Seahawks’ vp of soccer operations from 2000-04.
He returned to Inexperienced Bay in 2005. Mike Sherman had been working as Packers coach and common supervisor as much as that time. The Packers determined to have Thompson take over the final supervisor duties whereas having Sherman stay as coach.
“This isn’t going to be the place I’m going to stroll round with an enormous sledgehammer like I’m ruling the roost,” Thompson mentioned on the time. “Once more, this isn’t a democracy. Nevertheless it’s additionally a spot the place we’re going to work collectively.”
Throughout Thompson’s first 12 months as common supervisor, the Packers made the franchise-altering determination to pick Rodgers with the twenty fourth total draft choose once they already had Corridor of Fame quarterback Brett Favre on their roster. The transfer enabled the Packers to have a three-decade run of remarkable quarterback play.
With Thompson as common supervisor, the Packers made eight consecutive playoff appearances from 2009-16, together with the Tremendous Bowl season in 2010.
Thompson draft picks who stay on the roster embrace 4 All-Professional alternatives from this season: Rodgers, broad receiver Davante Adams, left sort out David Bakhtiari and heart Corey Linsley. Rodgers was the one first-round choose in that group. Adams was drafted within the second spherical, Bakhtiari within the fourth and Linsley within the fifth.
Different notable present Packers drafted by Thompson: defensive sort out Kenny Clark, kicker Mason Crosby, and working backs Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams.
“Definitely he’s a man who’s held within the highest regard on this constructing and, I feel, simply across the league,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur mentioned. “He’s had an incredible impression not solely on folks on this constructing, clearly Gutey (common supervisor Brian Gutekunst) however folks in different departments as properly. His impression remains to be felt to this present day if you take a look at our roster, however I feel he’s had an incredible impression amongst many individuals throughout the league, if you look all the opposite GMs which have discovered underneath him.
“Definitely we’re sitting right here with heavy hearts immediately.”
Different Thompson draft picks who had productive careers with Inexperienced Bay earlier than departing embrace linebacker Clay Matthews, offensive sort out Bryan Bulaga, broad receivers Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Greg Jennings,
“Ted had a quiet demeanor however his presence spoke volumes,” former Packers receiver James Jones tweeted. “Ted had a chilly poker face, however I may all the time get him to crack a smile and shake his head… generally with out saying a phrase.”
Thompson had introduced in Could 2019 he had been identified with an autonomic dysfunction that impacts his physique’s nerves. Thompson mentioned that his well being had led him to step down as common supervisor after the 2017 season.
Thompson moved right into a senior adviser position within the entrance workplace. Gutekunst, who had been working with Thompson as Packers participant personnel director, was promoted to common supervisor and stays in that place.
Kansas Metropolis Chiefs coach Andy Reid was an assistant coach with the Packers throughout Thompson’s first stint at Inexperienced Bay and referred to him Thursday as a “good good friend.”
“He was good at what he did however a good higher individual,” Reid mentioned.
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