(WQOW) - The architect of the Packers' last Super Bowl run has died at the age of 68.
Former Packers General Manager Ted Thompson died on Wednesday following an illness, the team confirmed Thursday afternoon.
“Ted lived a life of true Christian humility in a world where it’s more common to proclaim one’s own greatness,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “Those who knew him well admired his brilliance as a scout and his extraordinary ability to find players of good character. He was slyly funny and a loyal and true friend. We will all miss him very much and we send our deepest sympathy to his family who loved and supported him throughout his life.”
Thompson was the Packers general manager from 2005 to 2018. He was the one who opted to draft Aaron Rodgers with the first round pick in 2005. It was also Thompson, along with head coach Mike McCarthy who opted to move on from Brett Favre and make Rodgers the starter.
Other notable draft picks on Thompson's watch include David Bakhtiari, Jordy Nelson, Clay Matthews and current star wide receiver Davante Adams.
He is also credited for signing players like Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams, John Kuhn and Robert Tonyan.
In 2017, Thompson was diagnosed with an autonomic disorder.
To honor Thompson’s contributions to the organization’s success and recognize his legacy, the team will install his name on the Lambeau Field façade before next season. Murphy had recently shared these plans with the Thompson family, who expressed their appreciation at the recognition.