Former Packers GM Ted Thompson reveals he has autonomic disorder, hopes to overcome it

GREEN BAY --  Former Green Bay Packers General Manager Ted Thompson announced in a statement on Wednesday, May 8 that he has been diagnosed with autonomic disorder.

Autonomic disorders affect the nerves that control bodily functions and can manifest as dizziness, digestive disorders, fatigue and blood pressure issues.

Thompson's complete statement as posted on Packers.com is below:

"Late in the 2017 season, Mark Murphy and I had a conversation about my health and future with the Packers. At that time, we mutually agreed that it was in the best interests of myself and the organization to step away from my role as general manager. In consultation with team physician Dr. John Gray, I began a complete health evaluation that has included second opinions over the last year from the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Mayo Clinic and the UT Southwestern Medical Center.

"I have been diagnosed with an autonomic disorder. I feel that it’s important to mention that based on the test results and opinions of medical specialists, they feel that I do not fit the profile of someone suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

"I want to thank Dr. Gray, the medical professionals, the Green Bay Packers and my family for all that they have done and continue to do for me. It was a tremendous honor to be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame this past weekend. The Green Bay community and the fans of the Packers have always been and will continue to be very special to me. It is my hope and belief that I will be able to overcome this disorder.

"Finally, I’d like to ask that you respect the privacy of myself and my family as we move forward."

The 66-year-old played 146 games over 10 seasons as a linebacker with the Houston Oilers from 1975-1984. He worked in Green Bay's front office from 1992-99 and from 2005 on, with a stint in between as Seattle's vice president of football operations.

Thompson was part of two Packers Super Bowl titles and inducted into the franchise's hall of fame last weekend.

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