Former Packers general manager Ted Thompson reveals he has an autonomic disorder

Published: May. 8, 2019 at 10:34 AM CDT
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Former Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson announced that he suffers from an autonomic disorder.

Thompson stated that it was the main reason he stepped down as general manager of the Packers.

The 66-year-old was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame on Saturday but didn't say much during his press conference due to his health.

“Late in the 2017 season, Mark Murphy and I had a conversation about my health and future with the Packers,” Thompson said in a statement released by the Packers. “At that time, we mutually agreed that it was in the best interests of myself and the organization to step away from my role as general manager.”

According to the Mayo Clinic's website, "The autonomic nervous system controls much of your involuntary functions. Symptoms are wide-ranging and can include problems with the regulation of heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, perspiration, and bowel and bladder functions. Other symptoms include fatigue, lightheadedness, feeling faint or passing out (syncope), weakness, and cognitive impairment."

Thompson has been with the Packers organization since 1992. He was promoted to general manager in 2005.

The Packers have won two Super Bowls with Thompson in the organization. Green Bay snagged Super Bowl XLV with Thompson as GM.

“The Green Bay community and the fans of the Packers have always been and will continue to be very special to me," Thompson said. "It is my hope and belief that I will be able to overcome this disorder."

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