Thompson Reveals Illness

Mike Clemens
May 08, 2019 - 11:31 am

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Green Bay, WI - After being inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame over the weekend, former team GM Ted Thompson released a statement Wednesday revealing he has been dealing with a medical condition that ultimately forced him to step down from his duties as the Vice President of Football Operations. 

The 66-year-old Thompson says after examinations with doctors and clinics around the Midwest, he suffers from an "autonomic disorder" which can effect the nervous system, and can be brought on by years of stress. After 13 years, Thompson stepped down as general manager at the conclusion of the 2017 season.

Thompson was a linebacker for 10 seasons with the Houston Oilers from 1975-1984.

In a public statement released by the Packers, Thompson said:

"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."