Former Packers GM Ted Thompson diagnosed with autonomic disorder

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GREEN BAY (WKOW) — Former Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson revealed in a statement Wednesday that he is suffering from an autonomic disorder.

The illness is the primary reason he is no longer leading the team’s football operations, Thompson said.

Thompson said he first had conversations with team President Mark Murphy late in the 2017 season about his health.

“At that time, we mutually agreed that it was in the best interests of myself and the organization to step away from my role as general manager,” Thompson said in the statement.

Thompson said that in consultation with team physician Dr. John Gray and with a second opinions over the last year from the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Mayo Clinic and the UT Southwestern Medical Center, he was diagnosed with what he described as an autonomic disorder.

“I feel that it’s important to mention that based on the test results and opinions of medical specialists, they feel that I do not fit the profile of someone suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE),” he said.

“It is my hope and belief that I will be able to overcome this disorder,” he said.

Thompson’s full statement:

Late in the 2017 season, Mark Murphy and I had a conversation about my health and future with the Packers.

At that time, we mutually agreed that it was in the best interests of myself and the organization to step away from my role as general manager. In consultation with team physician Dr. John Gray, I began a complete health evaluation that has included second opinions over the last year from the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Mayo Clinic and the UT Southwestern Medical Center.

I have been diagnosed with an autonomic disorder. I feel that it’s important to mention that based on the test results and opinions of medical specialists, they feel that I do not fit the profile of someone suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

I want to thank Dr. Gray, the medical professionals, the Green Bay Packers and my family for all that they have done and continue to do for me. It was a tremendous honor to be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame this past weekend.

The Green Bay community and the fans of the Packers have always been and will continue to be very special to me. It is my hope and belief that I will be able to overcome this disorder.
Finally, I’d like to ask that you respect the privacy of myself and my family as we move forward.

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