Former Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame inside the Lambeau Field Atrium on Saturday.
Thompson, who was with the Packers as general manager for 13 seasons, was the only individual inducted into this year’s hall of fame.
Thompson built the Packers into a team that made the playoffs eight straight seasons and nine total in his 13 seasons. Green Bay also made it to four NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl during his GM tenure.
Thompson’s legacy is glaring from his start working for the player personnel department for the Packers to his first draft pick Aaron Rodgers.
“Ted comes over and says can we talk for a minute,” former Packers president Bob Harlan said about his first draft with Thompson. “He said ‘Rodgers is number one on our board. If he’s still there, I’m going to take him and we are going to get some heat for it because of Brett.’ I said ‘it’s your club to run, I told you that. I’m not going to interfere, take who you want’.”
Thompson was just the second ever person to enter the Packers Hall of Fame exclusively as a General Manager.