Former Packers GM and Packers Hall of Famer Ted Thompson came forward Wednesday disclosing he has been suffering from an autonomic (nervous) disorder. He said the medical condition directly relates to his stepping down as the GM at the end of 2017.
In a statement issued by the team, Thompson said he and president Mark Murphy discussed his health and agreed it was best he step away. The courage Thompson has displayed over the years and leading up to this announcement is a true testament to his character.
Thompson never sought out the limelight even when Green Bay won Super Bowl XLV. He was always team first and became known for his reservation over the years but it was simply who he was. Commendably, he steered the franchise through some of its most difficult times, most notably when the team transitioned from Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers. A decision that helped lead the team to eight consecutive playoff appearances.
Drafting Rodgers in 2005 may have been Thompson’s greatest accomplishment as it took tremendous gall to move on from a future hall of fame quarterback.
For a stretch of years, Thompson might have been one of if not the best GM in the NFL. He was one of the best at selecting high-value players in the draft and even signed Charles Woodson which became one his marquee moves in Green Bay.
Eventually, his draft and develop approach ran its course and led to a diminishment of the roster. Presumably, a contributing factor that led to him stepping down as GM. The Packers finished with a 125-82-1 regular season record and 10-8 in the playoffs under his direction.
Fans tend to forget how much this man has done for this organization all while displaying utmost class. That’s why I want you to say thank you and get well soon, Ted.
___________________Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. He has covered the Packers for over five years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.