GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Former Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson died Wednesday at the age of 68, according to a statement from the team.
Thompson passed away at his home in Texas.
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“Ted was a man of great character and integrity who cared deeply for his family and friends,” said current Packers GM Brian Gutekunst, who succeeded Thompson in 2018. “He was honest and hard-working. He valued his scouts and always did what he felt was right for the Packers organization.
“I learned a great deal from Ted and will always be appreciative for the opportunity he gave me. He was a football man and a scout’s scout, but more importantly, he was a very special person who will be greatly missed.”
During his Thursday media briefing, Green Bay Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur talked about Thompson’s legacy and impact on the current team making a run for a Super Bowl.
“He’s a guy that’s held in the highest regard in this building and I think just around the league,” Head Coach Matt LaFleur said. “His impact is still felt to this day when you look at our roster. I think he’s had a tremendous impact amongst many people across the league when you look at all the other GMs that have learned under him.”
Ted Thompson was named Packers GM in 2005. Under his leadership, the Packers made nine playoff appearances and won Super Bowl XLV.
The team transitioned Thompson out of the general manager position in 2017 after the Packers finished the season 7-9.
Thompson’s first draft pick as Packers GM was future NFL Hall of Fame QB Aaron Rodgers. Action 2 Sports reporter Dave Schroeder says all four Packers first team All-Pro players were drafted by Thompson–Rodgers, Davante Adams, David Bakhtiari, and Corey Linsley.
Players have been reminiscing on how Ted Thompson gave them their first big break, or in some cases, a second chance at a career. Fans and players are using the hashtag #WinItForTed to inspire the Packers on their quest for another Super Bowl title this season.
Thompson was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 2019.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Packers reporter Tom Silverstein was first to report the news Thursday.
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