GREEN BAY – Ted Thompson doesn’t consider himself a sentimental man.
However, the Packers’ General Manager couldn’t help but be moved by Saturday night’s festivities at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Thompson was among the dozens of Packers’ staff who made the trip to Canton, Ohio, to watch Brett Favre’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Thompson quantified Favre’s 36-minute speech as “Pure Brett.”
“It was marvelous,” said Thompson of the event. “It was a salute to professional football that I’ve never seen before. This was special and the admiration crowd and fans had for Brett Favre. But the whole (night) was inspiring and I don’t get inspired that much.”
Thompson also added that he hadn’t been a part of anything quite like Sunday when the Hall of Fame Game between the Packers and Colts was called off due to field conditions.
He recalls one time following his player career in Houston when the Oilers had to call off a game due to an issue converting the Astrodome from a baseball to football field.
Thompson was made aware of the field conditions when he arrived at the venue. His initial reaction was “Yikes,” but praised all parties for how they handled the situation.
“I don’t think it was necessarily a question of most vocal, but the people I was talking to both from the Colts and from the Hall of Fame seemed to be fairly unanimous,” Thompson said. “I think the quote I kept hearing was ‘we can’t put our players on this field.’”
Thompson said he felt disappointed for the undrafted free agents and rookies who looked to make a positive first impression, but added the four remaining preseason games provide ample to get film on players.
“I’m hoping that I’m right in assuming that four games is enough and it doesn’t make a difference,” Thompsons said. “The part of the value of having that fifth game was the ability to evaluate a little bit closer and that’s something we weren’t able to do. We’re back to where everybody else is.”