Though he is only one episode into his tenure, reviews have been positive for Aaron Rodgers‘ time as Jeopardy! host.
Rodgers began his two-week stint as the game show’s guest host yesterday (Monday) and will continue for the remainder of the week and next week. The Green Bay Packers quarterback and reigning NFL MVP has had trouble holding in his excitement for the gig. Rodgers is a big Jeopardy! fans and actually won a celebrity edition of the popular quiz show just a few years back. He is also on record saying that he admires former Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek and says he read Trebek’s autobiography in preparation for the role.
In Rodgers’ other life, he is one of the greatest players to ever play ball in the National Football League. He is a sure bet to be a first-ballot NFL Hall-of-Famer upon his retirement he isn’t done with his football career yet. Judging by his performance in the 2020 season, the current Jeopardy! host has plenty left in the tank for another title run. Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers team narrowly missed making it to the Super Bowl, falling to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their last game.
Jeopardy! Will Consider Aaron Rodgers for Hosting Gig
It begs the question of could Aaron Rodgers have his cake and eat it too? Could he quarterback a championship-caliber football team and host America’s favorite quiz show too? He certainly seems to believe he would up to the challenge of the dual roles. He’s expressed a desire to be the permanent host once Jeopardy! producers decide to take that route. In a recent interview with The Ringer, he says he doesn’t think he’d have to give up football to take on the full-time hosting job.
“I don’t think I’d need to give up football to do it,” he says. “They film 46 days a year. I worked 187 this year in Green Bay. That gives me 178 days to do Jeopardy! So I feel like I could fit 46 into that 178 and make it work. It would be a dream job for sure, and I’m not shy at all about saying I want the job. That’s how I went into it. I want an opportunity to be in the mix.”
Rodgers will wrap up his stint as Jeopardy! host on Friday, April 16. Journalist Anderson Cooper is in the on-deck circle.
Jeopardy! officials have yet to specify how long they on using guest hosts until a permanent one can be found.
Aaron Rodgers certainly hopes it is him — and he isn’t alone in this train of thought.