Former Packers general manager Ted Thompson passed away late on January 20th. He had just turned 68 a few days prior.
As reported by Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel:
Very sad news. Just heard from two sources that former #Packers GM Ted Thompson died last night. He had just turned 68 on Jan. 17.
— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) January 21, 2021
Thompson was hired as Packers general manager in 2005, taking over those duties from former Packers head coach Mike Sherman.
Thompson immediately got to work, drafting Aaron Rodgers with his first-ever selection in round one of the 2005 draft. Just under a year later, Thompson hired Mike McCarthy to replace Sherman after a disappointing 4-12 2005 season.
In 2008, Thompson and his staff had the daunting task of transitioning the Packers from the legendary Brett Favre to Rodgers, who was in his third season. Thompson made the difficult decision to trade Favre to the New York Jets, only to see Brett return a year later with division-rival Minnesota Vikings.
In 2010, the Packers were Super Bowl champions, making the move look genius and adding a huge bright spot to Thompson’s command of the team.
Thompson remained team GM until after the 2017 season, when he stepped away due to health concerns. It was later reported that Thompson was diagnosed with autonomic disorder that was not deemed to be tied to CTE that he may have been suffering from.
We salute Ted Thompson for his contributions to the Green Bay Packers and for his efforts to bring the Super Bowl XLV trophy home and for establishing a future that has continued to keep this team competitive ever since.