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Take a bow, Ted Thompson


Six years after taking over the Packers, Ted Thompson’s vision has been realized.   Well, sorta.

“My vision was to win six of them by now,” Thompson said to laughter in a jubilant post-game Packers locker room.

The Packers G.M. didn’t give away too much emotion, although he was quick with a few jokes.   He got more serious when asked if this is especially satisfying because so many fans wanted him fired at times of his career.

“I don’t think in terms of that.  I really don’t,” Thompson said.  “I think of what’s best for the team right this second.  You’d like for all of [the fans] to agree with you most of the time.  But that’s not the way it works.   You can’t run a team trying to be a politician, you can’t try to get votes.”

I asked Thompson if he had time yet to reflect on his own journey to top the NFL mountain.

“That will come later,” he said with a pause.   “This is such a resilient bunch.  I’m very proud of them.”

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  1. brettsmyboi says: Feb 7, 2011 4:32 AM

    Too bad he traded Favre away…

  2. tweener8292 says: Feb 7, 2011 4:36 AM

    And the scary thing is that they’re set up to win more with their youth and the players who’ll be back next year…

  3. refsburgh says: Feb 7, 2011 4:42 AM

    He’s assembled a really young, talented team. This team has a chance to win multile super bowls.

  4. badscene322 says: Feb 7, 2011 4:51 AM

    One of the most hated front office GMs in the league wins the Super Bowl HIS WAY; Building through the draft, trusting his scouting instincts, and scarcely acquiring any free agents. The amount of talent Ted has brought to Green Bay is unbelievable. It’s hard to not give a fair majority of the credit to him and his hard work, regardless of his past decisions.

  5. 4sacroc says: Feb 7, 2011 5:04 AM

    I am one of those dolts who wanted Thompson and McCarthy whacked.

    I publicly apologize for the error of my ways.

  6. zar21 says: Feb 7, 2011 5:59 AM

    Brett Favre will un retire to avenge himself, be at training camp and win super bowl 46, crushing the packers in the championship game. Aaron Rodgers will never win another superbowl MARK MY WORDS.

  7. huskerguy says: Feb 7, 2011 6:19 AM

    I will eat crow on this and like it! I never hated the guy but was never a huge fan either. Same for McCarthy.

    Can I have it lemon-peppered please?

  8. hope4superbowl says: Feb 7, 2011 6:31 AM

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  9. stellarperformance says: Feb 7, 2011 6:32 AM

    This guy certainly has an eye for talent. And his instinct for making difficult and unpopular decisions speaks for itself. This victory is the best way to silence all the incessant critics, not only of Ted but of the Packers, their fans, and the great State of Wisconsin. It speaks volumes without saying anything.

  10. thereisnoiinteam says: Feb 7, 2011 6:41 AM

    Congratulations Green Bay Packers! This is such a fantastic organization and Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy deserve so much credit. I believe this is the start of a dynasty with a fantastic GM and coaching staff and the best QB in football!

    Get a deal done owners and union please! I don’t see how this team won’t be a prohibitive favorite to go back-to-back. I predict this team will win at least 2 more Super Bowls in the next 4 years.

    I don’t know how many teams could have handled the adversity they handled this year and the Ted is first in line to get the credit for that,

    Finally we can stop hearing idiots call for Ted Thompson and/or Mike McCarthy to be fired!!!

  11. pravin68 says: Feb 7, 2011 6:48 AM

    I am a Steelers fan. COngratulations GB. You deserved it. They had more composure at the right moments in the game. Even when Steelers came close to evening out the game well in advance of the end of the game(before the 4th Q even started) , GB did not panic on defense.

    Ben looked like a rookie mixing in some really nice plays with some flat out putrid passes.

    Kemoeatu should have been the focus of the press , not Legursky.

    Kudos to GB secondary.

    GB is a well coached team and MIke McCarthy is the coach of the year.

  12. rudedog36 says: Feb 7, 2011 6:51 AM

    Thank you Sir.

  13. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Feb 7, 2011 7:00 AM

    Shades of Tom Coughlin in this guy….stand up guy that comes across a little rough sometime.

  14. sakatak says: Feb 7, 2011 7:18 AM

    Thanks for making great decisions and staying true to yourself Ted. The NFL has really turned into a cut throat business and you are old school. I hope all Packer fans appreciate what you have done for the organization.

  15. geniusesq says: Feb 7, 2011 7:21 AM

    Somewhere Brett Favre broke his Vizio.

  16. crazycane says: Feb 7, 2011 7:28 AM

    As a Bears fan, this guy is the difference between the two ball clubs. You have TT and the Bears have JA…who can’t even draft 1 lineman that’s worth a crap.

  17. bradshawlives says: Feb 7, 2011 7:51 AM

    Where all the Favre people? C’mon – let’s hear how TT made was stupid getting rid of the ol’ gunslinger. Idiots.

  18. sneckel23 says: Feb 7, 2011 7:54 AM

    Thanks Ted. Getting rid of Brent Farve was the best move you have ever made.

  19. quittsburghsquealers says: Feb 7, 2011 8:03 AM

    Also take the undying thanks of all of us who were tired of listening to the pompous Steeler fans shooting off their mouths.

    I’d much rather hear their mournful sobbing than their obnoxious gloating…

  20. hnirobert3 says: Feb 7, 2011 8:13 AM

    So glad my Phins didn’t hire this guy or Mike “Too Hip Hop For Us” Tomlin…

  21. ontboltfan says: Feb 7, 2011 8:15 AM

    They have done a great job building the roster with the draft recently. 3 LBs went before Clay Mathews and he has outplayed them all. Tramon Williams and Sam Shields were UDFA.

    Will be even better and could win it again next year when Jermichael Finley, Jonathan Jolly, Nick Barnett and Ryan Grant return plus another year’s draft.

  22. calloustongue says: Feb 7, 2011 8:20 AM

    GM of the year. With all the injuries the Packers had, most teams would have struggled to .500.

    I can’t wait to hear all the TT haters try and knock him now. Thank you Ted.

  23. harpoo51 says: Feb 7, 2011 8:25 AM

    Great article….didn’t mention the initials BF one time. Congratulations

  24. packersrule12 says: Feb 7, 2011 8:26 AM

    Great job Ted.

  25. mountaindont says: Feb 7, 2011 8:49 AM

    As a life long Packer fans I always supported Ted Thompson. Sure I questioned some of his decisions in the past. I always agreed with him about the Favre situation. Brett got to the point he thought he was bigger then the Packers. When compared to all other GM`s you can`t complain about his personnel decisions. Yes he made mistakes, what GM doesn`t? Thompson made many great decisions despite fan outcry. as the headline says “Take a bow, Ted Thompson” !! You deserve it !!

  26. JimmySmith says: Feb 7, 2011 9:03 AM

    Where TT deserves the most credit was his ability to assess the QB at the end of the 2007 season and draw the conclusion that Favre, despite his number of years and starting streak, was not the QB that would get the Packers to a Superbowl win. His playoff career stats from 200 to 2007 were just god awful.

    In pulling the trigger, TT was demonized by a small but vocal group of Favre (not Packer) fans but it proved to be the right move. Don’t believe me? Ask Brad “12 men in the Huddle” Childress how it worked out for him.

  27. pervyharvin says: Feb 7, 2011 9:19 AM

    Pack fans still throwing dirt on Favre. He is your history, Rodgers isn’t close yet in becoming what Favre meant to Green Bay. You losers talk storied history and blah blah yet you step on a man that was your identity for years. No class in Green Bay…

  28. calloustongue says: Feb 7, 2011 10:10 AM

    No one is throwing dirt on Favre.

    Thompson knew it was time to get rid of him and go with the younger QB in order to secure success in his team’s future. It was an extremely unpopular, yet bold decision.

    You don’t get it, and niether does the team you support. Need evidence. Go watch your Queens’ past two seasons, then tell me Ted made a mistake.

    Don’t worry Pervy, you can take solace that you got swept by the Super Bowl Champions! There’s always next year…

  29. smoothjimmyapollo says: Feb 7, 2011 10:24 AM

    “Rodgers isn’t close yet in becoming what Favre meant to Green Bay.”

    Let’s do a tally, shall we? Brett Favre had 1 championship. Aaron Rodgers has 1 championship. Hmm. Not close, you say? I’d better count again. Favre: 1, Rodgers 1. Still even. I’m confused. Pervy, can you check my math for me? I’m not sure how Rodgers isn’t close.

    “You losers talk storied history and blah blah yet you step on a man that was your identity for years.”

    No, we still like Bart Starr and he was there last night supporting the Packers like the class act he is.

    Of Brett Favre, I’ll say this. He is the greatest regular season quarterback of all time. If Peyton Manning doesn’t break his records, nobody will.

    However, football is about championships. Favre won one and cost his teams the opportunity for several more (’01, ’03, ’07, ’09). Favre is a first-ballot HOFer. He’ll have his number retired. His name will go up at Lambeau.

    If Rodgers wins another championship, you can’t even talk about Favre as the greatest QB in team history. If he wins two more, people discuss Favre as much better than Majkowski and Dickey, but a notch below Starr and Rodgers.

  30. juancorsair says: Feb 7, 2011 11:11 AM

    Between the oline shuffle, the lack of interest in the FA and the mishandling of the Brett Favre divorce, I was one of the people calling for TT’s head.

    I have since seen the error of my ways.

    I am not crowning the guy “Greatest GM of All Time” by any means, but he is obviously a lot more talented at his position than a lot of people have given him credit for (myself included). He was given a job and made all the necessary changes to accomplish exactly what he was hired for: Bringing the Lombardi back home to Lambeau Field.

    Good job, Ted!

  31. tougie1 says: Feb 7, 2011 11:13 AM

    pervyharvin says:
    Feb 7, 2011 9:19 AM
    Pack fans still throwing dirt on Favre. He is your history, Rodgers isn’t close yet in becoming what Favre meant to Green Bay. You losers talk storied history and blah blah yet you step on a man that was your identity for years. No class in Green Bay…

    He is our history? You know nothing about football, or it’s history. Ever heard of Lombardi, Lambeau, Hutson, Starr…and the list goes on.
    Green Bay Packers
    Super Bowl Champions
    Aaron Rodgers MVP
    Deal with it!

    And you’re correct, a real storied franchise is 0 – 4 in the Super Bowl…moron.

    Now go fix your roof before your team bolts on you.


  32. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Feb 7, 2011 11:18 AM

    pervyharvin says:
    Feb 7, 2011 9:19 AM
    Pack fans still throwing dirt on Favre. He is your history, Rodgers isn’t close yet in becoming what Favre meant to Green Bay. You losers talk storied history and blah blah yet you step on a man that was your identity for years. No class in Green Bay…

    Idiotic comment…again. What a surprise.
    No one has said anything about Favre that isn’t complete truth. He manipulated the team for 6 years and got what he deserved…and so did you jags for buying into his dog and pony show in MN.

    Aaron Rodgers just did what it took Favre nearly 20 years to do once, and in the process, just made BrINT alot less relevant. Everyone knows Favre was a big part of putting Green Bay’s football team back on the map in the 90’s, but at the same time, people that live here and saw him do what he did, aren’t going to just brush it all under the rug. When AP gets cut loose and calls the Bears or Packers to dish info, playbook, etc. to try to stick it to your Vikes, tell me it wouldn’t bother you. Let him spend the next 5 years holding out of training camp and threatening to retire or not, and then turn into a little bitch if your GM drafts another stud RB. He played those games with the team and it’s fans for years. Favre clearly put himself and his ego in front of everything….and where is he now?? Yesterday’s news.

    YOU think Favre was Green Bay’s “identity”. The same way ego-maniac Favre himself saw it too. Just like last night….a team’s defense is what ultimately gets you there and wins it for you. This team should be strong for a few years, and it won’t be because of just AR….it will be Mathews and all the rest too.

    BTW, you wouldn’t know “storied history” if it smacked you square in the face, unless it involved snowstorms or super bowl losses. Any predictions for next year? And this time, be serious.

    I wonder if Deanna still has that “Thanks Ted” jersey?? I may wanna buy it.

  33. newreality1 says: Feb 7, 2011 12:58 PM

    Ted Thomsan made every one eat crow last night. When Green Bay won the game I went back three years and remebered How I hated him for losing favre. I am spitting out the feathers this morning .. The king is dead, long live the king

  34. CKL says: Feb 7, 2011 1:28 PM

    purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Feb 7, 2011 11:18 AM

    I wonder if Deanna still has that “Thanks Ted” jersey?? I may wanna buy it.
    Seriously? She actually had one that said that???? How fricken pathetic is THAT????
    Goodness gracious…just what I need…. another reason to hate that family.

    When my team is out of it, I always enjoy and appreciate another team that does things the right way winning the SB. Congrats to the Packers (like they’re going to read this.. 😀 ) and all of their fans.

  35. dfinpds says: Feb 7, 2011 3:04 PM

    That wouls be a good cottage industry…..Thanks Ted shirts with number 4 crossed off…..I’d buy several…..Or thanks ted with number 12 on the front and a 4 crossed off on the back……

  36. granadafan says: Feb 7, 2011 4:12 PM

    Professional General Managers: 1
    Armchair GMs: 0

    No, you fans do NOT know more than the pros who are hired to evaluate talent. I still recall all the fans in Green Bay who were bashing Rodgers when he was drafted out of CAL. He was a “system QB” (yeah a pro offense), his technique is bad because he holds the ball high (uh, deadly accurate and a cannon for an arm and tied the NCAA record for straight completions), all Tedford QBs fail (the most absurd comment of all), he’s not a leader (none of you fools ever asked his teammates at CAL or his teammates in Green Bay), blah blah blah.

    Bill Walsh said it best that it was better to get rid of the aging vet a year too early rather than a year too late. Ted was right and the Vikes and all the Favre lovers/ Rodgers haters were wrong.

  37. 30ptbuck says: Feb 7, 2011 5:34 PM

    brettsmyboi says:
    Feb 7, 2011 4:32 AM
    Too bad he traded Favre away…
    Dear AHOLE
    How many times must this be said BRETT QUIT YOU FRIGGEN MORON! Then after the draft when the Packers drafted 2 quarterbacks he tried to screw all of Packerdom. When Tony Romo got hurt that year Favre called and gave him advice NEVER EVER did anything like that for Rodgers.Brett called Matt Millen and gave him insight on how to beat the Packers.What an ungrateful lying, wife cheating interception in NFC Championship throwing drama queen jerk.
    So quit implying your a Packer Fan you butt kissing Favre text subscriber and keep just cheering for BrINT.
    Look forward to rooting for Wrangler Jean commercials and mowing lawns because that’s what your precious hero is only good for now
    Thanks for dumping on the Packers and us fans Bretteney but all you really dumped was your legacy as a good guy. Now please just go away. Put on your good luck ham and go swim in your compounds swamp

  38. dwhitehurst says: Feb 7, 2011 7:56 PM

    PurvyHarvin, the token Viqueen fan, says:

    Feb 7, 2011 9:19 AM

    Pack fans still throwing dirt on Favre. He is your history, Rodgers isn’t close yet in becoming what Favre meant to Green Bay. You losers talk storied history and blah blah yet you step on a man that was your identity for years. No class in Green Bay…


    Token (aka, PervyHarvin) can’t understand why he is the only one left on the bandwagon.

    Oh Token,…..unsuccessfully trying to pull up your ‘pants on the ground’ in coping with the well-deserved Purple Karma your Vikings have so justifiedly earned for all the covetous tampering your Vikings did in contributing to the ugliness of the divorce between the Packers and a self-tarnished Legend whose god-complex got so out of hand that he thought he was larger than life, bigger than Green Bay, more important than the team as a whole…thought he could flip-floppingly unretire THREE times in the same offseason, and expect Thompson to immediately bench the new starter without having to compete to win his job back, or “just release him to sign with a rival for nothing in return, as if he somehow was “entitled” unlike any other player on the team or in the league.

    The morality, or lack thereof, in your Viqueen mentality is telling. For you and your Vikings, a player might be bigger than a team and its fans. Not for Green Bay. Ted Thompson took the high ground—something you’ll never understand.

    Oh Pervy…So bitter that no one has sympathy for you. So bewildered that no one, not even Favre himself this time, is helping you build another one of your “Please come back Brett!” billboards down in Mississippi right now.

    To those “Got Favre?” t-shirts you and your fellow Minneapolis cake-eating “fans” wore at last year’s game against the Packers at the Metrodome, well, I don’t think many of your fellow fans are still wearing those anymore, let alone admitting they ever did. (Granted, I hear boxes full of them are now being worn by Haitians.)

    There is no payback here–funny thing is, we’ve done nothing to you. It’s just all Purple Karma….you and your Vikings and your Favre have no one to blame but yourselves.

    But keep howlin at the moon all you like….


    PS. To all truly classy Vikings fans unlike Pervy, and I know there are a few of you out there, this is not directed at you. Good luck to your team next year–expect when you play my Packers. You have a classy new head coach and a great coaching staff in the making. Just be classy and principled, and success will eventually come your way too. Heck, you might even win back your neighbor’s respect, the respect we had for you back in the Bud Grant Purple People Eater days when you played outdoors like your rival Bears and Packers still do.

  39. cometkazie says: Feb 7, 2011 8:00 PM

    I thought one of the nicest things about the postgame ceremonies was not seeing a fat cat owner getting the trophy.

  40. JimmySmith says: Feb 7, 2011 8:25 PM

    pervyharvin says:
    Feb 7, 2011 9:19 AM
    Pack fans still throwing dirt on Favre. He is your history, Rodgers isn’t close yet in becoming what Favre meant to Green Bay. You losers talk storied history and blah blah yet you step on a man that was your identity for years. No class in Green Bay…


    We don’t even want to hear Fave’s name, all we want is for him to play for the CryQueens one more season, is that too much to ask?

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