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Thompson studded his roster with four No. 1 picks, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers

Posted Nov 10 2011 8:39am
Thompson studded his roster with four No. 1 picks, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers, linebackers Clay Matthews and A.J. Hawk and defensive tackle B.J. Raji. Of 22 free agents signed, four start in Green Bay's nickel package, including Woodson, undrafted corners Tramon Williams and Sam Shields and safety Charlie Peprah.Williams and Shields have five combined interceptions in three postseason wins. Charles Woodson jerseys"Ted's all about the pipeline," said Andrew Brandt, a Packers vice president Clay Matthews jerseys from 1999-2008. "He's all about filling needs and having players at the ready when one goes down because the injury rate in the NFL is 100 percent."Surrogate son of a BumThompson's former Houston Oilers coach, Bum Phillips, 87, is proud of his former backup linebacker/special teams ace from 1975-80.How will Phillips feel if Thompson's Packers become the NFC's first sixth seed to hoist a Lombardi Trophy?"I'll be just as tickled as if I'd have won the Super Bowl," said Phillips, who never did. "Of all Greg Jenningsjerseys the kids I've coached in 38 years, Ted's closest to me beside my own son, (Texans defensive coordinator) Wade." Donald Driver jerseys Every summer, Thompson, 58, spends a few days with Phillips on his 250-acre Texas horse ranch. They ride around repairing whatever needs fixing, talking football.Thompson made arguably one of the most controversial decisions in NFL history, by trading former Packers icon Brett Favre - who had abruptly unretired and been denied his release - James Starks jerseys to the New York Jets in August 2008 because he saw greatness in Rodgers.That took lots of guts," Phillips said. "Ted really hadn't been a general manager before and he was making the decision to trade the best known quarterback in the game to keep a young quarterback who'd never started. lintingting/blog201111
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