Aaron Rodgers is no longer the Green Bay Packers quarterback, but he is still supporting his former team.
The four-time MVP is impressed with what he's seen from Jordan Love, who leads the NFL in passer rating and passing touchdowns entering Week 3.
Many wrote the Packers off in the buildup to the season. Rodgers is aware of that, and he believes Love will continue to silence his critics as the season goes on.
"The more he plays, the more he's going to shut people up. I'm happy for him. He's a great kid," Rodgers said as a guest on the Pat McAfee Show this week.
Rodgers has seen Love develop over the past three years, and he has had nothing but praise for his successor in Green Bay.
Aaron Rodgers impressed with Jordan Love's start as new Packers QB
Rodgers has been there. He sat behind Brett Favre for three seasons, developing his game and learning from a future Hall-of-Famer. Rodgers made the most of his opportunity from 2008 on, and the hope is Love will do the same.
Love's poise and confidence stood out in the opening two games, and Rodgers was taking notice in the preseason.
"He put in a lot of great work last year that I think set him up to be confident. That's what I saw in the preseason. He just looked very confident. He was throwing the ball well," Rodgers told McAfee.
Rodgers protects the ball better than any quarterback in the history of the game. During his 18-year stay in Green Bay, Rodgers threw 475 touchdown passes with only 105 interceptions, an unbelievable record. And he is impressed with Love's ball security.
"This is an important stretch for them. They're a young team. They've had Christian [Watson] and Aaron Jones both out, and Dave [Bakhtiari] was out, and I think Elgton [Jenkins] got hurt. For him to still be taking care of the football like that, at the bare minimum, they're going to be in the football game."
There's no doubt Love learned a lot from Rodgers. We can see it in his game. While Love is his own player, it's easy to see areas where he has been influenced by Rodgers in the same way Rodgers learned from Favre.
Green Bay was the perfect landing spot for Love. He wasn't ready to start in the first couple of seasons of his NFL career. The pressure was off, he had time to learn, and there was no better quarterback to study each day at practice.
Now, the Packers hope Love can replicate the success Rodgers and Favre brought to Green Bay. One thing is for sure: Rodgers is watching and supporting his former teammate.