Former Green Bay Packers General Manager Ted Thompson died Wednesday night after recently celebrating his birthday. He was 68.
“Very sad news,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein tweeted Thursday. “Just heard from two sources that former #Packers GM Ted Thompson died last night.” (RELATED: Hollywood Reacts To Death Of Legendary Actress Doris Day)
Wow. Former Packers GM Ted Thompson died last night at the age of 68.
— GBP Daily (@GBPdaily) January 21, 2021
“He [Thompson] had just turned 68 on Jan. 17,” he added.
Very sad news. Just heard from two sources that former #Packers GM Ted Thompson died last night. He had just turned 68 on Jan. 17.
— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) January 21, 2021
During Green Bay‘s media briefing Thursday, Packers’ head coach Matt LaFleur confirmed reports of his death. (RELATED: Legendary Comic Don Rickles Died At Age 90)
It starts at the 6:23 minute mark.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) January 21, 2021
“Our condolences go out to his family,” LaFleur shared. “Certainly he’s a guy that’s held in the highest regard in this building and around the league.”
“His impact is still felt when you look at our roster,” he added. “Certainly we’re sitting here with heavy hearts today.”
A cause of death has yet to be released.
According to Sports Illustrated.com, Thompson got a job with the Packers in 1992 as the assistant director of pro personnel. He became Green Bay’s GM in 2005 and ran the team until 2017. During his time, he drafted superstar QB Aaron Rodgers in the 2005 NFL Draft.
He is also a two-time Super Bowl champion after the Packers won Super Bowl XXXI and XLV.