The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame will induct the architect of the team's roster over the previous 13 seasons, one whose choices led the team to the second-longest stretch of consecutive playoff appearances in NFL history and a Super Bowl title.
Ted Thompson, the team's former executive vice president, general manager and director of football operations will receive induction into the Hall on May 4, 2019 inside the Lambeau Field Atrium.
“I think it’s one of those things that’s too big to think about, really, for one person. You just don’t think in those large of terms. I had trouble believing it was true.” Thompson said in a team statement.
“You think about all the great players that have come through here and done great things, and you’re not one of those people. These are great idols, and I’m just a scout. But anyway, I was very fired up about it though. I mean it surprised me, but I was very, very excited.
Thompson became the team's general manager in 2005. His first draft choice was quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who at the end of his career could eventually go down as the greatest quarterback to ever play the game.
That choice, along with Thompson's other personnel moves, helped the Packers make eight straight playoffs from 2009-16, the second longest stretch in NFL history. The Packers won Super Bowl XLV in February 2011.
Critics believe his draft-and-develop philosophy did not provide enough talent through free agency to lead the Packers over the top to championships in the other seven seasons where the team made the playoffs, and the Packers reassigned him to an advisory role in January. New GM Brian Gutekunst has said he is willing to be more aggressive in free agency, and has pulled the trigger more often in his year at the helm.
Yet Gutekunst's mentoring came from Thompson, a Ron Wolf disciple whose moves transitioned the Packers from the Brett Favre years to continue a quarter-century of playoff contention.
“I’m proud of this team. I’m proud of the contributions we made, and it’s a big thing in my opinion…It’s a neat thing to be part of the Green Bay Packers, to be a little part of what made this a great place.”