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Former Packers GM Ted Thompson discloses medical condition



Former Green Bay Packers’ general manager Ted Thompson disclosed he has a serious medical condition in a statement released by the team Wednesday.

Here is the statement in full:

Late in the 2017 season, Mark Murphy and I had a conversation about my health and future with the Packers. At that time, we mutually agreed that it was in the best interests of myself and the organization to step away from my role as general manager. In consultation with team physician Dr. John Gray, I began a complete health evaluation that has included second opinions over the last year from the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Mayo Clinic and the UT Southwestern Medical Center.

I have been diagnosed with an autonomic disorder. I feel that it’s important to mention that based on the test results and opinions of medical specialists, they feel that I do not fit the profile of someone suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

I want to thank Dr. Gray, the medical professionals, the Green Bay Packers and my family for all that they have done and continue to do for me. It was a tremendous honor to be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame this past weekend. The Green Bay community and the fans of the Packers have always been and will continue to be very special to me. It is my hope and belief that I will be able to overcome this disorder.

Finally, I’d like to ask that you respect the privacy of myself and my family as we move forward.

Thompson, a linebacker for the Houston Oilers from 1975-84, was the Packers’ general manager from 2005-17. He drafted Aaron Rodgers and built a Super Bowl-winning team. He has been an NFL executive since 1992.  His current role with the Packers is as a senior adviser to football operations. Thompson was inducted into the Packers’ Hall of Fame on Saturday.