Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson has been named Sporting News’ executive of the year.
It’s the second time he’s won the award. The first came in 2007. Thompson finished with 14 votes, outpacing San Francisco’s Trent Baalke (seven votes), Houston’s Rick Smith (five) and Cincinnati’s Mike Brown (three).
Though the Packers didn’t repeat as Super Bowl champs, they are in position to remain contenders for years to come, thanks largely to Thompson’s front office acumen.
Of the 22 players who started for the Packers in Super Bowl XLV, 15 were drafted by Thompson. The Packers are one of the league’s most talented teams but also one of the youngest. That’s a great combination—one Thompson is responsible for.
Thompson was selected for the award by 32 NFL coaches and executives. He might earn it again next season if he can restock the Packers defense with some guys who can tackle and rush the passer.