Former Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson has announced that he is suffering from an autonomic disorder, a condition that causes weakness and cognitive issues, which he says is the reason that he is no longer in the general manager position with the team.
Thompson, 66, issued an official statement on Wednesday, through the Packers, explaining his condition (h/t ESPN).
“I have been diagnosed with an autonomic disorder,” Thompson said. “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].”
“Late in the 2017 season, Mark Murphy and I had a conversation about my health and future with the Packers,” Thompson continued. “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.”
Thompson was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame on Saturday, and was the main architect of the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV team as well as drafting quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Thompson’s health had become a topic of conversation during the last few years of his tenure as general manager, and while he had long-term success at the helm, he was also often criticized for his approach to building the team through the draft and not by signing big name free agents during free agency.
Thompson was removed from his role following the 2017 season, although health was not cited as the reason that led to the decision. Thompson remained around the team during the 2018 season but eventually moved to his native Texas as his appearances started winding down.
“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,” Thompson said. “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.”