Ted Thompson, a two-time Super Bowl champion, and the former General Manager of the Green Bay Packers has died at the age of 68. He served the Packers for 21 years.
Ted had the honor to represent Houston Oilers for 10 seasons, there were a linebacker and a special-teamer. In 1975, he became a part of the Bum Phillips’ Oilers and for another10 years, and played in 146 games.
During his career, he also started nine regular-season games and scored four extra-points in 1980 in a game against the New York Jets.
After hanging his boots as an active player, he became a scout for the Packers general manager after 8 years. He then became the director of pro personnel and the director of player personnel. In 2005, he became the general manager for the Packers.
He also appointed Mike McCarthy as the head coach for the team, who remembered him, saying “Thompson was the one who taught him how to be patient”.
One of the players, Aaron Rodgers, who was drafted by Thompson also paid his tribute, saying that he was the first-ever player to be drafted by the general manager. He also said that Thompson always encouraged him to prioritize the team and was always very straightforward, and clear about his expectations from the team.
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Thompson also served as the general manager of the Seattle Seahawks for 4 years.
In 2019, Thompson earned a place in the Packers Hall of Fame.