There are almost certainly more than a few gay players currently in the NFL, and Aaron Rodgers understands why they are afraid to reveal their sexual orientation publicly.

In a wide-ranging interview with Mina Kimes of ESPN The Magazine, Rodgers was asked about his former Cal teammate Ryan O’Callaghan, who recently came out as gay. The former Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots offensive lineman spoke about how he had a detailed plan to take his own life, and Rodgers said he is proud of the way O’Callaghan handled himself.

“I’m incredibly proud of him,” the two-time NFL MVP said. “I know he had a lot of fear about it, and how he would be accepted, and how people would change around him. I think society is finally moving in the right direction, as far as treating all people with respect and love and acceptance and appreciation. And the locker room, I think the sport is getting closer.”