Ted Thompson on entry into Packers Hall: “I’m just a scout”

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Former Packers General Manager Ted Thompson built a champion. But when it was his turn to be honored, he downplayed his own role in it.

Thompson was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame last weekend, only the second G.M. to earn that honor (Ron Wolf’s in the one in Canton as well).

“You look at all the great players who’ve come through here, they are idols,” Thompson said during a video which was part of the ceremony, via Richard Ryman of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “I’m not one of those people. I’m just a scout.”

While he might minimize his own contributions compared to the 161 names that came before him in the team’s Hall, he was instrumental to putting together a team that went to the playoffs eight straight years — the longest such streak in Packers history — and won a Super Bowl.

“What to me stands out is the consistency,” Packers team president Mark Murphy said. “It is hard to win one year in the NFL. Everything is designed to make it that way.

“You couldn’t ask for a more ethical person. He was a tireless worker. It was never about him. It was about what was best for the Packers organization.”

Thompson was never much for making statements when he was running the team, and his remarks Saturday were limited to: “This is a great honor. I appreciate it more than you can ever know. This means a lot to me, and I can say, ‘Go Pack Go.'”

And even if he didn’t want to make it a big deal, Thompson was a big part of making that team go for more than a decade.

29 responses to “Ted Thompson on entry into Packers Hall: “I’m just a scout”

  1. He did a decent job overall in his early and middle years as GM. However, the rapid decline his latter years cost the Packers big time and was a major factor in the roster/team decline. If he could have blended his draft and develop theme with adding a couple free agents annually to fill holes he didn’t hit on would have been a perfect solution. Sadly, he couldn’t adapt and it showed as years went on. That being said, he belongs in the Packer Hall of Fame for sure.

  2. “This means a lot to me, and I can say, Go Pack Go!”

    Much deserved honor and it was great to see John Dorsey, Eliot Wolf, Reggie McKenzie, Brian Gutekunst and others who are part of the Ted Thompson tree in Green Bay Saturday Night for the ceremony. Ron Wolf who Ted worked for in the day was also in attendance.

    #GoPackGo!👏🏈

  3. Wait they have 161, now 162 people in their hall of fame? I’m not denying they’ve had some of the greatest players and coaches ever, That’s indisputable. But 162 people seems like an awful lot.

  4. He drafted Rodgers in the 1st round which my dead granny could’ve done. That’s it. He made early mistakes, ruined a good team, eventually repaired it plus got a little luck going his way for a title, then repeatedly failed to fix the D while pandering to Aaron. One title as GM with two of the best QBs to ever play is poor. And he could’ve found a better HC than McCarthy.

  5. Ted Thompson’s tenure as GM in Green Bay:

    2010 Super Bowl Championship

    4 NFC Championship game appearances

    6 NFC North titles

    8 seasons with 10+ victories

    The 2010 Championship team had 19 of 22 starters and 49 of the 53 on the roster were drafted/acquired by Thompson.

    9 playoff appearances in Ted’s tenure and that is tied for the most in the NFC over that span, including a streak of 8 in a row from 2009-2016.

    Thompson was also instrumental in building the 1996 Green Bay World Championship team. That team was also in 1997 Super Bowl.

    #GoPackGo!👏🏈

  6. And even if he didn’t want to make it a big deal, Thompson was a big part of making that team go for more than a decade.
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    And he is a big reason they have such a garbage roster right now.

  7. Wait they have 161, now 162 people in their hall of fame? I’m not denying they’ve had some of the greatest players and coaches ever, That’s indisputable. But 162 people seems like an awful lot.
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    the team is over 100 years old now…com’on man

  8. Ted Thompson did a very good to excellent job until his last three years. The facts speak for themselves. Outside of New England, who would be ahead? Even though it started to fade in 2015, Kenny Clark will be one final excellent pick who will extend soon. Thanks Ted, enjoy retirement.

  9. trophylessvikings says:

    May 6, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Wait they have 161, now 162 people in their hall of fame? I’m not denying they’ve had some of the greatest players and coaches ever, That’s indisputable. But 162 people seems like an awful lot.
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    the team is over 100 years old now…com’on man

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    So, if the average Packer HOFer plays for the team for 8 years, then any given year there are 13 people within the organization worthy of being in the hall of fame.

    Does that help it make sense?

  10. gb15class says:
    May 6, 2019 at 9:46 am
    Ted Thompson did a very good to excellent job until his last three years. The facts speak for themselves. Outside of New England, who would be ahead? Even though it started to fade in 2015, Kenny Clark will be one final excellent pick who will extend soon. Thanks Ted, enjoy retirement.

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    Great question. How on earth does BB/Caserio never win the Exec of the Year award? It’s literally impossible to build a 2nd dynasty in the cap era, and magically not win the award. It’s just impossible.

  11. Ted Thompson was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame Saturday night and it was, in fact, a well deserved honor.

    Thompson, took over a Packer team that was basically run into the ground by GM/Coach Mike Sherman.
    Cash and salary cap strapped and devoid of much of its talent, Thompson quickly drafted his way into making this team viable again, and playing for Championships.

    Thompson’s drafts swiftly built an offensive and record setting juggernaut that would carry the Packers to 9 playoff appearances, 6 division titles, 19 consecutive wins in a row that included a Super Bowl Title, all of which will be his professional legacy.
    But, his sweet, decency and his strong character will be what people around here will remember most.

    Unfortunately, his stubborn convictions for eschewing Free Agency and other means of acquiring and cultivating talent streams were his ultimate undoing.
    Despite his stellar track record early on, a couple of bad drafts finally caught up with him.
    But even with the failings of his last couple of seasons in Green Bay, it will never tarnish all that he helped to achieve over his storied career.
    Congratulations, Ted, on this very well deserved honor.

  12. cheeseisfattening says:
    May 6, 2019 at 9:28 am
    And he is a big reason they have such a garbage roster right now.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Is that why Viking fans are obsessed with the Packers? Is it because Thompson contributed to an occasional victory by the Vikings over the Packers and subsequently gave Viking fans as near a SuperBowl thrill as they’ve ever experienced? Heck, maybe he should be in the Viking HOF!

  13. When you remove every player in 2 years from the previous administration you’re not “just a scout”, when you purposely avoid trading for, drafting, or signing players because others publicly clamor for those players and you either want to spite or not share any credit, then you are not “just a scout”.

    don’t buy this aw shucks routine, folks, Ted Thompsons’s ACTIONS, not words show an ego-maniac from day one.

  14. Love the people who think they’re experts act like Thompson never did anything but have Rodgers “fall” to him. Rodgers “fell” to 23 other teams first. Oops – 22; Vikings passed twice. He also put Matthews, Nelson, Jennings, Daniels, Lang, Sitton, Finley, Crosby, Clark, Raji, Hayward, Cobb, J. Jones, Bakhtiari, Collins, Linsley, Burnett, and other good players on the roster and signed Woodson when everyone else thought he was finished.
    They are a couple of GMs who can say they did a better job, yeah. Everyone else needs to sit down and shut up.

  15. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    May 6, 2019 at 10:45 am
    He’s right to not make a big deal out of it. They’ll put anybody in the Packer “Hall of Fame.” Zeke Bratkowski started nine games and he’s in there, for crying out loud.
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    I’ve tried explaining this to you before, but as usual, you just don’t care.
    Zeke has always been a bit of a folk hero here in Titletown that transcends cold, hard numbers.
    I realize in the Madden era that doesn’t mean a Helluva lot, but back then it did.

    His time in Green Bay was to backup Bart Starr which he did admirably.
    He was Vince Lombardi’s “Super Sub”, who the coach deemed instrumental to those ’60s Championships.
    In a 1965 postseason game against the Colts, he came into a game early for an injured Bart Starr, leading the Packers to a 13-10 OT win.
    The Packers would go on to beat Jim Brown and the Cleveland Browns in the NFL Title game.
    This was the first in three consecutive Championships for the Packers, unprecedented in the playoff era (since 1933), and yet to be repeated.

    After retiring and becoming an assistant coach in Green Bay for two seasons, Zeke came out of retirement and played QB for 6 games, including 1 start.
    He would go on to coach in Chicago for 3 seasons before being pressed into service again, this time as an Emergency QB, though he wouldn’t play in any actual games.

    After his playing days were officially over, he came back to Green Bay to coach again from ’75-’81.

    So yes, the Packers went on to honor Zeke into their Hall of Fame, for his playing and coaching service, but also for the intangibles he brought to the team.
    Intangibles so apparent, even the greatest coach in NFL history acknowledged them.
    And though his status doesn’t pass the eye test of your average Barney, the rest of us know and understand why.

  16. tylawspick6 says:
    May 6, 2019 at 8:38 am
    What on earth? “Packers Hall”?
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    A lot of teams have their own Hall of Fames. Your New England Patriots are one of those teams.

  17. People act like he had horrible draft after horrible draft, but the truth is a most of his drafts were pretty good. Sure, he had some bad first rounders, but he excelled at finding late round gems. I’m not saying all of these were homerun picks, but I think they were all solid values comparing their production to when they were drafted.

    2005: Aaron Rodgers (1), Nick Collins (2), and Brady Poppinga (4) all produced based on where they were drafted. Terrence Murphy (2) also looked like a player before a career ending injury.
    2006: AJ Hawk (1), Daryn Colledge (2), Greg Jennings (2), and Johnny Jolly (6) all produced base on where they were drafted.
    2007: Probably his second worst draft still produced James Jones (3), Korey Hall (6), and Mason Crosby (6).
    2008: Jordy Nelson (2), Jermichael Finley (3), Josh Sitton (4), and Matt Flynn (7).
    2009: BJ Raji (1), Clay Matthews (1), TJ Lang (4), and Brad Jones (7)
    2010: Bryan Bulaga (1), Morgan Burnett (3), and James Starks (6)
    2011: His worst draft produced Randall Cobb (2).
    2012: Nick Perry (1), Casey Hayward (2), Mike Daniels (4)
    2013: Eddie Lacy (2), David Bakhtiari (4), Micah Hyde (5)
    2014: HaHa Clinton-Dix (1), Davante Adams (2), Corey Linsley (5), Jeff Janis (7)
    2015: Ty Montgomery (3), Jake Ryan (4), Aaron Ripkowski (6)
    2016: Kenny Clark (1), Kyler Fackrell (3), Blake Martinez (4), Dean Lowry (4)
    2017: Jamaal Williams (4), Aaron Jones (5)… jury still out on Kevin King (2), Josh Jones (2), and Montravius Adams (3)
    2018: Jury still out on entire draft.

    I would say that from 2005 to 2016 (11 drafts), I would categorize 3 as bad. Some of them had guys who didn’t resign (Hayward) or were traded away (Clinton-Dix), but they still hit on those picks based on their production elsewhere. Looking at the drafts like this, I can honestly say if I was Mark Murphy, the earliest I would’ve fired him was after the 2017 draft.

  18. Well deserved and it’s typical TT that he downplays the recognition. Sure, he stayed as GM 3 years too long (which is more the fault of the Packer’s President and inefficient management structure), but that shouldn’t diminish his prior contributions.

  19. If you want to honor the guy for wasting Rodgers’ prime and sticking by Capers WAY too long and being asleep behind the wheel drafting terribly and being at Wisconsins pro day on the first day of free agency and basically doing nothing while the Rodgers-McCarthy feud was boiling over then good for you.

    Thompson was a clown, much like the ‘ownership’ in green bay.

    The rest of the league greatly appreciates his ‘contributions’ of the last 5 years as well.

  20. He has had health problems the last few years. If anything Murphy should be blamed for leaving him at the helm. I guess it’s hard to see the guy was in bad shape when all you care about is Titletown District!!

  21. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:

    He’s right to not make a big deal out of it. They’ll put anybody in the Packer “Hall of Fame.” Zeke Bratkowski started nine games and he’s in there, for crying out loud.
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    He was on the first two Super Bowl wins for the Packers also. This is two more than some teams have.

  22. trophylessvikings says:
    May 6, 2019 at 9:31 am
    Wait they have 161, now 162 people in their hall of fame? I’m not denying they’ve had some of the greatest players and coaches ever, That’s indisputable. But 162 people seems like an awful lot.
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    the team is over 100 years old now…com’on man

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    I suppose in a hall of fame that includes GREATS such as Dorsey Levens and Edgar Bennett, the criteria isn’t especially high. Maybe Ahmad Carroll and Brian Brohm will be next!

    C’mon man

  23. Thompson, took over a Packer team that was basically run into the ground by GM/Coach Mike Sherman.
    Cash and salary cap strapped and devoid of much of its talent, Thompson quickly drafted his way into making this team viable again, and playing for Championships.
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    Myth

    Sherman 2000-2004
    53–27 (.663)
    3 consecutive Division Titles
    5 consecutive winning seasons
    4 Playoff trips

    .. “devoid of talent” pretty much describes Thompsons roster as he was outgoing.

  24. I suppose in a hall of fame that includes GREATS such as Dorsey Levens and Edgar Bennett, the criteria isn’t especially high.
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    Criteria is non-existent. Accolades and accomplishments however,…Super Bowl Champions and both critical to the 1996 title run.

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