Sporting News magazine conducted a recent poll and named our Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson as the NFL Executive of the Year. Sounds about right, given the unexpected year the Packers had!
Ted Thompson's other titles include executive vice president and director of football operations for the Packers. He received the most votes (19) among the 48 votes cast by NFL GM's and other executives for the George Young NFL Executive of the Year.
Jerry Reese, the New York Giants' general manager, came in second in the poll with nine votes.
Sporting News said Thompson had a good eye for talent and the ability to maintain the right mix of players on the Packers. Also mentioned is the fact that Thompson hired current Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, who won the division championship in just his second year as head coach. He didn't pull off the NFC Championship, but he came darn close and for that Packernation is grateful.
Hopefully this picture of Thompson and Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will continue the legacy.