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Report: Former Packers GM Ted Thompson dies

(WQOW) – The architect of the Packers last Super Bowl run has died at the age of 68.

Ted Thompson died on Wednesday night, according to Tom Silverstein with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Thompson was the Packers general manager from 2005 to 2018. He was the one who opted to draft Aaron Rodgers with the first round pick in 2005. It was also Thompson, along with head coach Mike McCarthy who opted to move on from Brett Favre and make Rodgers the starter.

Other notable draft picks on Thompson’s watch include David Bakhtiari, Jordy Nelson, Clay Matthews and current star wide receiver Davante Adams.

He is also credited for signing players like Tramon Williams, John Kuhn and Robert Tonyan.

"During really stressful times, either at the Super Bowl or during the draft, he just had a calmness to him. It was just a quiet confidence. He was just a humble man. But so smart. We all owe a debt of gratitude to him," said Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy.
"He was such an impactful person. It's just been a huge, huge loss. Not only as a professional but as a friend too. He was such an honest, hard-working and his integrity was off the charts," said Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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