Brett Thiesen enters his third season with the Packers' player personnel department and his second as a National Football Scouting Inc. college scout after being named to the position on June 11, 2019. He is responsible for scouting the Southwest region and serves as the team's National Football Scouting representative to the annual NFL Scouting Combine. Thiesen (THEE-sin) previously worked as a scouting intern during the 2018 season, helping with the evaluation of college and pro prospects.
Prior to joining the Packers, Thiesen spent three years evaluating high school recruits for college football programs. He served as the assistant director of personnel at Liberty University in 2016 before working in the same role for the University of Tennessee in 2017. He began his scouting career as a personnel intern, first for Mississippi State in the spring of 2015 and then at the University of Miami for the 2015 season.
Thiesen played collegiately at wide receiver as a preferred walk-on at the University of Kentucky in 2010 before transferring to Troy University. He spent three seasons (2011-13) with the Trojans, working with the scout team in 2011-12 before earning playing time in his final season. In 2013, Thiesen played in all 12 games as a reserve WR and served as the team's holder. He totaled three receptions for 39 yards (13.0 avg.), including a 21-yard TD grab vs. Savannah State and a 14-yard reception at Ole Miss.
Thiesen earned a degree in sports management from Troy in 2015, and is a native of Jensen Beach, Fla. He played just one season of football at Jensen Beach High School, earning second-team all-state and first-team all-area honors as a senior in 2009 after registering 35 receptions for 785 yards (22.4 avg.) and 11 TDs. He also lettered all four years in baseball for the Falcons.
His father, Gator, played baseball at Mississippi State while his mother, Lisa, was a cross-country runner for the Bulldogs. Thiesen is single and resides in Green Bay.