As the news broke of Jeopardy! host Mike Richards stepping down today, many began to speculate on who would be hired in his place. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is one of the previous guest hosts this year that made it known that he would accept the position if offered the job.
When speaking to NFL.com’s Adam Schein, Rodgers opened up about his desire to take legendary host Alex Trebek’s position. Trebek passed away in November 2020 after an extended battle with pancreatic cancer. Ever since, the game show has been on a months-long search for its new host as celebrity guest hosts manned the Jeopardy! podium temporarily.
Even before Richards announced his departure from the position, Rodgers confirmed he would take the job if asked. His only stipulation is they would’ve had to work around his football schedule.
“Yeah, I definitely would’ve,” Rodgers told Schein. “I mean, if they would have figured out a way to make it work with my schedule, yeah, for sure.”
Rodgers guest-hosted Jeopardy! for two weeks in April. Many fans were skeptical about a professional athlete as an interim host. But the lifelong fan of the game show won over viewers during his two-week stint. The competitive trivia show only films 46 days out of the year. Therefore it’s at least a possibility his schedule could work.
“That was just so much fun,” Rodgers said of his guest-host appearance. “I spent a lot of time studying and getting ready for it. I definitely wanted it, was interested in finding a way to make it work with my schedule and their schedule and filming. But I had such a blast. I have zero regrets with how it all went. It was such a special environment. It was surreal to be on that stage.”
‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host Aaron Rodgers Honored to Be on the Game Show
Aaron Rodgers went on to call himself a “super Jeopardy! fan” who said his experience was beyond special. The Super Bowl champion loved every minute of his time on the famous game show’s stage.
“When you’re just a super Jeopardy! fan like I am, it’s just so special to be on that stage. To be in that environment when you know you’re walking in the footsteps of legends,” Rodgers explained.
Last season’s NFL MVP is used to walking amongst legends while playing football at Lambeau Field. He compared the two while talking with Adam Schein.
“When we walk out the tunnel in Lambeau, we have these bricks that were from the old stadium. There’s a little plaque there that talks about the type of legends that walked over these bricks. Every now and then, you’ve got to look over at it and pinch yourself and just realize how special it is what you’re doing right now and how many greats have been in that position right here,” he shared.
In addition, Rodgers said he had a similar feeling when working on the Jeopardy! set. He said it was hard not to think about Alex Trebek and his almost four decades as the host of the game show.
“There was a lot of those moments being on stage thinking about Alex (Trebek), and how much he meant to me and so many people worldwide who spent their evenings with him for so many years,” Rodgers added.