The Green Bay Packers have embarked on a new era over the last couple years with a new general manager and a new head coach, but they took time this past weekend to take one last look back.
Former general manager Ted Thompson was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame at a ceremony Saturday night where former colleagues paid tribute to the man who molded the Packers into a consistent Super Bowl contender.
Thompson will forever be remembered as the man who drafted Aaron Rodgers with his first pick as GM as well as the man who traded away quarterback Brett Favre and both decisions took tremendous courage. Favre was 35 at the time Rodgers was selected and the team really didn’t need a quarterback in 2005.
Three years later Packers fans were severely divided when the veteran reneged on retirement and Thompson was under immense pressure to welcome the legend back with open arms. Ever steady at the wheel, he chose to stand behind his young and unproven signal caller and sent Favre to the New York Jets.
Favre would later join the Minnesota Vikings in an alleged attempt to “stick it” to Thompson, but the GM got the ultimate comeuppance when the Packers swept Favre’s Vikings in 2010 en route to the Super Bowl XLV title.
The Packers would remain in contention for the rest of Thompson’s tenure, though some poor draft classes in the final years and some reluctance to sign veteran free agents may have held the team back a bit as the game began to pass Thompson by.
There’s more on Thompson’s time in Green Bay plus what the Packers can expect from their second first round pick in today’s cheese curds.
With a bunch of noise coming at him from every direction, Thompson stayed true to himself and provided steady guidance to a franchise that was in transition.
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It wasn’t long after Rashan Gary was drafted that he was labeled by some as “Nick Perry 2.0” thanks to lingering concerns about a shoulder injury. The impact on his rookie season should be minimal however, thanks to his position.
Speaking of Perry, he could find a new home very soon.
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