Originally written July 24, 2012 on Fox Sports Wisconsin:
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Any discussion about Packers general manager Ted Thompson used to be a hotly contested debate. Many fans were upset Thompson had the audacity to oust Brett Favre from the job he held with great success for 16 years. Others had become fed up with Favre's will-he-or-won't-he retirement act every summer and applauded Thompson's courage to move in a new direction.But that was so 2008.Four years later, Thompson appears to be universally approved of by Packers fans. During the team's annual shareholders meeting Tuesday morning, the GM was given a standing ovation by 12,500 fans wearing green and gold inside Lambeau Field. There were organized shouts of "We love Ted!" and "Ted for President!," and throngs of fans clamoring for his autograph afterward.Given Thompson's recent track record of success, it's easy to see why he is so embraced by the franchise's die-hard fans, all of whom in attendance had purchased at least one s...
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