15 Facts About Ted Thompson

1. Ted Thompson was an American professional football player and executive in the National Football League (NFL).

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2. Ted Thompson was the general manager of the Green Bay Packers from 2005 to 2017.

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3. Ted Thompson played college football at Southern Methodist University, starting three years at linebacker and intercepting seven passes during his career.

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4. Ted Thompson won a spot as a backup linebacker and special teams player and held this position for 10 years.

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5. Ted Thompson started nine games during his career, but he proved durable, playing in 146 of 147 games.

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6. In 1992, Ted Thompson was hired by Ron Wolf as a scout for the Green Bay Packers.

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7. Ted Thompson worked for the Seattle Seahawks as Vice President of Football Operations, heading Seattle's scouting department and running the draft boards.

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8. Ted Thompson replaced Mike Sherman as general manager of the Packers in 2005.

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9. Ted Thompson acquired several free agents during the season that proved more successful, including running back Samkon Gado, tight end Donald Lee and wide receiver Rod Gardner.

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10. Ted Thompson was more active in free agency than he was in 2005, focusing mostly on defense by signing cornerback Charles Woodson from the Oakland Raiders, safety Marquand Manuel from the Seattle Seahawks, defensive tackle Ryan Pickett from the St Louis Rams, and linebacker Ben Taylor from the Cleveland Browns.

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11. Ted Thompson nabbed eventual starter Johnny Jolly with a 6th round pick.

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12. Ted Thompson addressed offensive deficiencies during the draft by nabbing wide receiver Greg Jennings, guard Jason Spitz and guard Daryn Colledge.

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13. On February 11, 2011, Ted Thompson was re-signed to a multiyear contract extension.

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14. Ted Thompson decided to let Pro Bowl center Scott Wells depart and brought in former Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday.

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15. Ted Thompson died at his home in Atlanta, Texas on January 20, 2021, three days after his 68th birthday.

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