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Aaron Rodgers has called for patience in the praising of Jordan Love, despite admitting his Green Bay successor is enjoying an ‘outstanding’ run of form right now.
Love has stepped up as starting quarterback for the Packers in Rodgers’ absence after the four-time NFL MVP left to join the New York Jets in the offseason.
It was a huge void to fill, yet the 25-year-old has gone on to enjoy a breakout first season as starting quarterback, helping Green Bay win four of their last five games and boost their playoff chances.
After initially struggling for form earlier on this season, Love has now completed 68.5 percent of his passes for 857 yards with eight touchdown passes and zero interceptions. He has 22 touchdowns passes to 10 interception through 12 games, which is two more than Rodgers had through 12 games in his first full season as a starter.
However, despite insisting he is not surprised at the terrific start his Packers protégé has had, Rodgers believes it would serve Love better for fans and commentators to go easy with both praise and criticism early in his career.
Aaron Rodgers has called for patience in the praising of his Green Bay successor Jordan Love
Love is enjoying a breakout season as starting Packers quarterback in Rodgers’ absence
When asked on his weekly appearance on the Pat McAfee show if he is surprised by Love’s success, Rodgers said: ‘No, I’m not. Especially the last three games he’s [been] playing outstanding, but he’s in his first year starting.
‘As well as he’s playing, can we not crown him right now? For his own sake, because we shouldn’t do that to kids. We shouldn’t crown them and we shouldn’t cancel them.
‘I love Jordan. I think he’s gonna be a great player in the league for a long time. But can we let him play his career?’
Rodgers, who recently returned to practice with the Jets less than three months after tearing his Achilles tendon, previously spent all 17 years of his NFL career with the Packers.
He only claimed one Super Bowl in that time, coming in the 2010-11 season, yet the Green Bay legend says there are no bitter feelings towards the organization going forward despite having frustration with the end of his spell there.
Rodgers continued: ‘Am I surprised by the way Jordan’s playing? No. Am I happy for him? Hell yeah.
But his former teammate says fans and commentators should go easy with both praise and criticism of the 25-year-old
‘There’s some people that probably like this and some people that probably think I was rooting against the Packers this year and rooting against Jordan. Couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m not a bitter person about that.
‘Obviously I wish things had gone different when I was in Green Bay, and there’s things that I wish I’d done better, but I have so much love for the organization. I have so many people I still talk to every single week that still work there.
‘If I catch Jordan’s game, I usually send him a message.’