Thompson Named Executive of Year

It's the second time Ted Thompson won the Sporting News award, adding it to the one earned in 2007. It's a prestigious honor selected by coaches and fellow executives.

For the second time, Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson was named the Sporting News' Executive of the Year.

In building a team that won Super Bowl XLV and put together a 15-1 season as an encore, Thompson received 14 of 32 votes to add the award to the one he won in 2007. He finished ahead of 49ers GM Trent Baalke (seven), Houston Texans GM Rick Smith (five) and Cincinnati Bengals president Mike Brown (three).

The magazine polled 32 coaches and executives.

Wrote the magazine's Clifton Brown: "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.

"What's his secret? Thompson says he doesn't have one. He works hard and trusts what a prospect does on the field more than his measurements.

"I look for good players," Thompson said at last year's NFL Scouting Combine. "There are probably ideal heights and lengths and stuff like that in terms of body makeup that you look for, but it doesn't necessarily translate into the best 3-4 outside linebacker. James Harrison of Pittsburgh does not fit those height-length requirements, but he's a marvelous player. As much as we can, we try to stick with guys that have proven they can play the game."

"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.

The Sporting News also named Aaron Rodgers its Offensive Player of the Year, and Rodgers and Charles Woodson were named to its All-Pro team. Rodgers came out on top in a poll of 632 players, coaches and executives. Its All-Pro team was based on the vote of 30 coaches and executives.

For the Thompson story and the links to the magazine's other awards, click here.

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