Former Packers GM Ted Thompson makes statement on health, says he has autonomic disorder

NOW: Former Packers GM Ted Thompson makes statement on health, says he has autonomic disorder

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Former Packers General Manager Ted Thompson announced he has an autonomic disorder or nervous system disorder on Wednesday. 

According to the statement posted on, testing for the disorder came after he left the team following the 2017 season. 

Thompson, who played college and pro football, ruled out having Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE, which is a brain condition associated with repeated blows to the head. 

Thompson said in the statement he believes he can overcome the disorder. 

He says he's grateful for the support of the team and fans throughout the years. 

See the full announcement 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."
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