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Ted Thompson (born January 17, 1953) is an American football executive for the Green Bay Packers and former player.
He was the general manager of the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) from 2005 to 2017.
He was named to the post on January 14, 2005, by former Packers president and CEO Bob Harlan.
Thompson took over the general manager duties from Mike Sherman, who had been serving as both head coach and general manager.
Prior to becoming the Packers' general manager, Thompson served with the Seattle Seahawks as their vice president of operations from 2000 to 2004.
Thompson had previously worked for the Packers organization from 1992 to 1999, serving as their assistant director of pro personnel in 1992, their director of pro personnel from 1993 to 1997, and their director of player personnel from 1997 to 1999.
Thompson also had a 10-year playing career in the NFL as a linebacker and special teams player with the Houston Oilers from 1975 to 1984.
In May 2019, Thompson revealed that he had been suffering from an autonomic disorder, and that that was why he would no longer be leading the Packers' football operations.
Career as a player
Thompson played college football at Southern Methodist University, starting three years at linebacker and intercepting seven passes during his career. During his senior year, he served as a team captain and was also the team's placekicker.
As an undrafted free agent in 1975, Thompson was signed by the Houston Oilers. The Oilers' general manager and coach was Bum Phillips, who had briefly coached Thompson at Southern Methodist. Thompson won a spot as a backup linebacker and special teams player and held this position for 10 years. He started nine games during his career, but he proved durable, playing in 146 of 147 games. In a 1980 game against the New York Jets, Thompson successfully converted four extra-point attempts as the emergency kicker.