Former Packers general manager Ted Thompson died Wednesday night at the age of 68.
While he was mostly known for his ability as a personnel expert, Thompson began his career in the NFL as a special teamer and linebacker for the Houston Oilers, playing in 146 games over a decade. Approximately 10 years after his playing career ended, his front office career began.
Thompson spent more than two decades working in Green Bay's front office, helping the team win two Super Bowls. He began working as a scout for the team in 1992 and worked his way up to become the director of player personnel by 1996. Thompson was eventually recruited by former Packers coach Mike Holmgren to join the Seattle Seahawks as the vice president of football operations in 1999.
In 2005, Thompson returned to Green Bay, replacing Mike Sherman as the team's general manager, and immediately made a massive impact on the franchise by drafting quarterback Aaron Rodgers in his very first draft.
Under Thompson's guidance, Green Bay once again became one of the league's best franchises, even winning a Super Bowl in 2011. The Packers had a 125-82-1 record and made the playoffs nine times during Thompson's 13 seasons as general manager. In 2018, Thompson stepped down as general manager, becoming the senior advisor to football operations instead. He was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2019.
Packers head coach Matt LaFleur addressed Thompson's death at a press conference, saying that his passing was a loss felt all around the league.
"His impact is still felt today," LaFleur said. "I think it's felt all around the league. There's a lot of heavy hearts here today."