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Ted Thompson took over as GM in Green Bay in 2005 and stepped into a bad situation. The team was over the salary cap, and he was forced to release key veterans such as safety Darren Sharper.
After sorting out the mess, Thompson began building the team that would eventually win Super Bowl XLV with 16 players on the Injured Reserve. The first step seemed insignificant at the time, but when TT drafted Aaron Rodgers with the 24th pick in the 2005 NFL draft, it turned out to be quite the steal.
Thompson's first controversial move was the firing of Mike Sherman and hiring of Mike McCarthy as head coach—which also proved to be the right decision. In the following years, he drafted many future stars in Greg Jennings, B.J. Raji, and Clay Matthews.
Thompson's toughest, yet most beneficial decision, was to trade Brett Favre in favor of starting Rodgers. It is safe to say that he has no regrets, and the fanbase is begging for his forgiveness now that Rodgers is the reigning Super Bowl MVP.
The Packers are now built for future success, and the word "dynasty" has been mentioned a few times thanks to Ted Thompson's work as the second best GM in Titletown's history.