Former Packers GM Ted Thompson dies at 68

Published: Jan. 21, 2021 at 11:12 AM CST
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - Former Packers General Manager Ted Thompson has died. He was 68.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Tom Silverstein broke the news Thursday morning on Twitter.

During a press briefing Thursday morning Green Bay Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur said he had just heard the news.

“He is a guy that is held in the highest regard in this building and just around the league,” LaFleur said sending his condolences to Thompson’s family.

“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.

Thompson served as the Packers GM from 2005-17. He took Aaron Rodgers in his first draft at the helm in 2005, and was the architect of the Packers’ last Super Bowl winning team 10 years ago. He also had a 10-year career as a player with the Houston Oilers.

Thompson stepped down as GM on New Years’ Day 2018, and announced in May 2019 that he was suffering from an autonomic disorder, which was the reason for his departure.

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