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Golden Nuggets: Ted Thompson's Trust In Aaron Rodgers Pays Off

After letting Favre go and betting the success of the francise on then-unknown Aaron Rodgers, Ted Thompson is one happy man.

Ted Thompson was smiling and chatty. That alone was breaking news. He was downright animated -- well, at least by Ted Thompson standards.

"You did the right thing, Ted!" a middle-aged fan in a Packers jacket yelled.

Thompson slapped hands with the man and kept going. He didn't need to say a thing. Aaron Rodgers said everything for him. For five years, they stuck together, their futures wound tightly. The Packers' general manager was one of the most vilified men in Green Bay for cutting ties with Brett Favre; Rodgers was the young quarterback getting defeated by Favre last season.

It all seemed so long ago Sunday night, when Rodgers made the rounds from one end of the locker room to the other after the Packers' 31-25 Super Bowl XLV victory, grabbing every player, assistant coach and equipment worker in a tight clench, telling them all he loved them.

Favre's name wasn't even uttered, mainly because so much has happened since then. There were the 15 guys who wound up on injured reserve this season, and the village it took to replace them. There were the losses of veterans Donald Driver and Charles Woodson on Sunday, and the main constant through it all was the Packers' quarterback, who never changed a thing.

"He's the focal point of our team," Thompson said.

"I think people are going to write stories about him 10 years from now that he's pretty special. Even though he's done so much, he's sort of just getting started."

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