Thompson named Sporting News’ executive of the year

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 30, 2012 – 1:48 pm

Packers GM Ted Thompson has been named the Sporting News’ executive of the year for 2011. It’s the second time Thompson has won the award, also earning the honor in 2007.

In a vote of coaches and executives conducted by the publication, Thompson earned 14 votes to win the award. San Francisco GM Trent Baalke was second with seven votes, followed by Houston GM Rick Smith (five) and Cincinnati president Mike Brown (three).

The publication pointed out that of the 22 players who started for the Packers in Super Bowl XLV last February, 15 were drafted by Thompson since he became GM in 2005. The announcement of the award had this to say: “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.”

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