Ted Thompson. Former Packers GM, passes away, 68.

Ted Thompson. Former Packers GM, passes away, 68.
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On Wednesday the Green Bay Packers announced the passing of their former GM Ted Thompson. At the age of 68 Thompson passed away at his home in Texas the team, the team said in a statement.

Thompson spent over 24 years with the Packers starting in 1992. HE had numerous roles through his tenure; from assistant director of pro-personnel up to General Manager, where he spent 13 seasons at the helm. He took a step back to become senior adviser to football operations in 2018. A role he had until his passing. He spent a 5 year hiatus from the Packers as Vice President of Football Operations at the Seahawks from 2000-2005.

Thompson was the architect of the Packers 2011 Superbowl victory. Image from upi.com

Playing Career

Before his time off the field Thompson had a solid career as a backup linebacker for the Houston Oilers. Thompson played 10 years for the Oilers, making 146 appearances. Chipping in with 4 extra point completions as a backup kicker one game too.

Thompson’s Influence on the Packers

The highlight of his exemplary off field career was the Packers Superbowl victory in 2011, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25. Greenbay were lead to victory by Thompsons first ever draft pick; Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers was helped by Jordy Nelson (9 catches, 140 yards, 1TD) and Greg Jennings (4 catches, 64 yards, 2TDs) at receiver – both Thompson draft picks.

Should the Packers reach the Superbowl this year, Thompson will have had a lot of say in that too. His fingerprints are still all over this team. Not only did Thompson draft Aaron Rodgers but all pro wide receiver Davante Adams, all pro tackle David Bakhtiari, all pro center Corey Linsley, pro bowl running back Aaron Jones and kicker Mason Crosby. He also picked up Robert Tonyan, an undrafted free agent, after he was released from the Lions. Tonyan had 11 Touchdowns this term.

Thompson will go down as a legend throughout the league, especially in Green Bay. A Superbowl win in February would be a fitting tribute to his legacy.

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