Ted Thompson Biography – Ted Thompson Wiki
Ted Thompson was an American football executive and player. He was the general manager of the Green Bay Packers from 2005 to 2017. He first worked for the Packers organization from 1992 to 1999, first as assistant director of pro personnel, then their director of pro personnel from 1993 to 1997 and their director of player personnel from 1997 to 1999. He then served with the Seattle Seahawks as their vice president of operations from 2000 to 2004. He returned to Green Bay on January 14, 2005, being named their general manager by former Packers president and CEO Bob Harlan.
Thompson was a three-year starter at Southern Methodist University. Undrafted out of Southern Methodist, Thompson joined the Houston Oilers in 1975 and played 146 games for the franchise until 1984.
Thompson was a two-time Super Bowl champion, winning Super Bowl XXXI in 1997 and XLV in 2011. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in May 2019 for his work in building a perennial contender and Super Bowl champion.
Ted Thompson Age
He was born on January 17, 1953, in Atlanta, Texas, United States. He died on January 20, 2021, at the age of 68.
Ted Thompson Wife
Ted Thompson was never married. He once said, “It probably has something to do with the fact that maybe I couldn’t find anybody to marry me.” He never got married because he happened to be single when he started out in the front office, and the demands made it nearly impossible to find a soul mate.
Ted Thompson Illness – Ted Thompson Health
Thompson served as Packers general manager from 2005 to 2017. The Packers moved him into a consultant role for the 2018 season in part because of his declining health. Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy did not cite Ted Thompson’s health as a reason for the decision to remove him as general manager immediately after the 2017 season.
In May 2019, Thompson announced that he had been suffering from an autonomic disorder, a condition that causes weakness and cognitive issues. At the time of his announcement, Thompson said that his doctors did not believe his condition “fit the profile of someone suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy.”
Ted Thompson Death
Thompson died on Wednesday, January 21, 2021, at his home in Texas, according to the Green Bay Packers. He was 68. Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement: “Ted lived a life of true Christian humility in a world where it’s more common to proclaim one’s own greatness. Those who knew him well admired his brilliance as a scout and his extraordinary ability to find players of good character. He was slyly funny and a loyal and true friend. We will all miss him very much and we send our deepest sympathy to his family who loved and supported him throughout his life.”
Packers GM Brian Gutekunst, who succeeded Thompson in 2018, said: “Ted was a man of great character and integrity who cared deeply for his family and friends. He was honest and hard-working. He valued his scouts and always did what he felt was right for the Packers organization. I learned a great deal from Ted and will always be appreciative for the opportunity he gave me. He was a football man and a scout’s scout, but more importantly, he was a very special person who will be greatly missed.”
Head Coach Matt LaFleur said, “He’s a guy that’s held in the highest regard in this building and I think just around the league. His impact is still felt to this day when you look at our roster. I think he’s had a tremendous impact amongst many people across the league when you look at all the other GMs that have learned under him.”
Aaron Rodgers, who was Thompson’s first-ever Packers draft pick as general manager, said in a statement, “I’m really thankful for Ted. The fact that I was his first draft pick will always link us together. I always appreciated his steady hand and the conversations that we would have. He always made things pretty clear about what he expected from the team and what he expected from me. He always preached to put the team first, to not be a distraction, to be a good teammate, to be a good professional, and I always appreciated those comments. He would always start the season and address the team for a few minutes and he would always finish with, ‘Godspeed.’ As he passes on, I want to thank him for what he meant to myself, the team and the organization, and wish him Godspeed.”
Ted Thompson Cause of Death
Ted Thompson’s cause of death was not revealed. However, in May 2019, Thompson announced that he had been suffering from an autonomic disorder, a condition that causes weakness and cognitive issues.
Ted Thompson Obituary
A full Ted Thompson’s obituary is posted here.