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60th birthday approaching, Thompson isn’t thinking about retirement

Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy AP

Former Packers G.M. Ron Wolf retired at 62.  And so, as current Packers G.M. Ted Thompson closes in on his 60th birthday in January 2013, it’s fair to wonder how much longer he plans to stay on the job.

I suppose it’s possible, anything’s possible,” recently told Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette regarding retirement.  “That thought hasn’t come over me, other than on the bad days.”

That actually sounds a lot like the kind of answer that a quarterback who spent years being something far less than unequivocal about his plans would say.  However, as Thompson talked about it some more, he sounded more like a guy who won’t be making his status a year-to-year cause for consternation.

“There are days that you really appreciate this job and the fact you get to work with so many good people,” Thompson said.  “There are other days when you’re having trouble, and stubbing your toe, and you feel like ‘holy smokes, what are we doing?’ and you want to just ride off into the sunset.  I’ve had no thoughts along the lines of leaving.”

But Thompson also mused about the possibility of trading in the G.M. title and returning to being a scout.

“I think that would be great,” Thompson said. “You set your schedule for the fall, you know where the hotels are, you know the people at the schools that you visit, you write your reports.  You’re kind of an independent contractor.  I’ve always thought that would be a good gig.”

So who knows what Thompson plans to do?  And that uncertainty is fitting in a weird sort of way, given that finally forcing the hand of Brett Favre after years of will-he-or-won’t-he allowed Thompson’s team to springboard to even greater heights with Favre’s successor.

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11 Responses to “60th birthday approaching, Thompson isn’t thinking about retirement”
  1. milkcan44 says: Aug 26, 2012 11:58 PM

    He needs to win more Super Bowls than Wolf did, which is one.

  2. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Aug 27, 2012 12:33 AM

    With the 24th pick (first pick ever as the Packers GM) of the 2005 NFL draft…..the Packers select future SB Champion, Super Bowl MVP, League MVP: Aaron Rodgers.

    Thank you TT!!

    Oh and thanks for making the right decision on Bert Favre and telling him to take a hike.

  3. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 27, 2012 12:53 AM

    I’m sure there are a lot of sour bitter people that would like to somehow get the NFL’s best GM out of Green Bay.

    Impotently, they are reduced to waiting for Ted’s retirement.

    Rather sad when instead of improving their team they cheer for bad things to happen to another team.

  4. statjohnny says: Aug 27, 2012 12:55 AM

    His best move ever : getting rid of Favre. Everyone thought he was crazy. Everyone was obviously wrong.

  5. zbigern says: Aug 27, 2012 1:15 AM

    Best in the game. Conservative, but not afraid to fail.Trusts himself.

  6. pack13queens0 says: Aug 27, 2012 1:17 AM

    That 2nd Super Bowl title will come this February when the Pack complete their 19-0 quest.

  7. rajbais says: Aug 27, 2012 2:26 AM

    You can retire in this economy?

  8. randallflagg52 says: Aug 27, 2012 4:32 AM

    bobnelsonjr says:
    Aug 27, 2012 12:53 AM
    I’m sure there are a lot of sour bitter people that would like to somehow get the NFL’s best GM out of Green Bay.

    Impotently, they are reduced to waiting for Ted’s retirement.

    Rather sad when instead of improving their team they cheer for bad things to happen to another team.

    ===================================

    Ozzie Newsome is laughing at your comment.

  9. onbucky96 says: Aug 27, 2012 5:33 AM

    Old man Favre will only return to GB for his number retirement aftet Ted leaves. Get over your diva ways Brett and come home.

  10. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Aug 27, 2012 8:21 AM

    randallflagg52 says: Aug 27, 2012 4:32 AM

    bobnelsonjr says:
    Aug 27, 2012 12:53 AM
    I’m sure there are a lot of sour bitter people that would like to somehow get the NFL’s best GM out of Green Bay.

    Impotently, they are reduced to waiting for Ted’s retirement.

    Rather sad when instead of improving their team they cheer for bad things to happen to another team.

    ===================================

    Ozzie Newsome is laughing at your comment.
    —————-
    And based on the # of likes (just yours), it appears everyone else is laughing at your comment.

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 27, 2012 11:44 AM

    Count Ted The Undead, might go lie down in his crypt to take a 100 year break or something, but he will never retire.

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