Ted Thompson (1953 - 2021)
As General Manager of the Packers (2005 - 2017), Thompson built a Super Bowl Championship team almost from scratch. His first ever draft pick as GM of the Packers was Aaron Rodgers, a pick that puzzled and even infuriated many Packer fans. The pick is now seen as one of the best draft picks ever.
A shrewd, secretive manager, Thompson never let anyone outside the Family know what he was thinking. Local sports reporters and fans were constantly irritated by the lack of juicy info coming from the team regarding draft picks, trades, free agent deals, etc.
Thompson showed nerves of steel when he traded the Packers' beloved Brett Favre to the Jets. He also showed a willingness to make bold moves in the draft, when he traded up to take Clay Matthews in the 1st round. He learned from his mentor, Ron Wolf, who told him, "If you really, really like a player, then you go get him."
Thompson was a strong believer in building a team from the Draft, but he also made strategic signings of free agents, such as Ryan Pickett, Tramon Williams and especially Charles Woodson, who now rivals Reggie White as the best free agent signing the Packers ever made.
Be at Peace, Ted. Your contributions to the Packers' legacy will always be remembered.