GREEN BAY, Wis. — Ted Thompson has officially found his place in the Packers Hall of Fame.
The former Green Bay general manager was inducted Saturday night, in the company of many coaches, scouts and players he worked with over the years.
"This is a great honor," Thompson said at the ceremony. "I appreciate it more than you could ever know. I want to thank all the people with the organization here. Thank my family back home and wish you all the best. This means a lot to me and all I can say is, 'Go Pack Go.'"
Some former personnel colleagues in attendance were Ron Wolf, Bob Harlan, John Dorsey, Reggie McKenzie and Eliot Wolf. Former Packer Jordy Nelson was also in attendance. The only current Packer player at the ceremony was Mason Crosby.
Ron Wolf, Green Bay's general manager from 1991-2000, hired Thompson as a scout in 1992.
"When I got here, as everybody knows, the Packers were not very good," Wolf said. "They hadn't been winning, had the poorest record in the National Football League, and when I left nine years later, they had the best record in the National Football League."
Baraboo, Wis., native Mike Reinfeldt, who was roommates with Ted Thompson when they played for the Houston Oilers, was the main presenter at the induction ceremony. Reinfeldt also worked in Green Bay's front office in the 1990s.
"The longer he's retired, the more people will appreciate him," Reinfeldt said. "I think history is going to be kind to Ted Thompson. When they look back and see what he accomplished, it's a pretty golden era for the Packers."