Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is preparing to start his stint as guest host on the game show “Jeopardy!” by taking a look back. Rodgers honored the legacy of late host Alex Trebek and his contributions to the world. The athlete revealed how Trebek affected his own life in his youth.
Rodgers confessed he’s been a fan of the game show almost since Day 1. As a child, he used to watch “Jeopardy!” with his grandparents when he visited their house. The game show was always on every afternoon, and the athlete soon fell in love with trivia.
“There’s a lot of nostalgia wrapped up in this show for me,” Rodgers said in an interview. “Because I used to watch it when I was a kid when I would go on weeks to my grandpa and grandma’s house. It was a staple in their house every night. I sat there on the floor and really had no idea what was going on. But I just remember the voice of Alex. It was one of those voices of my youth.”
Aaron Rodgers’ Love For ‘Jeopardy!’
When he grew up and started his football career, Rodgers said his love for trivia and “Jeopardy!” never faltered. He may be known for his passing skills. But when he’s off the field, Rodgers loves to brush up on his various trivia facts. He even records the show.
“With him and John Madden and Al Michaels and some of these people who kind of narrated my childhood. I feel like he was part of that,” Rodgers said. “And it’s carried on into the last 16 years at Green Bay. It’s been a staple in my house whether I watch it live or watch it recorded. I think probably 90 percent of my TiVo is wrapped up in ‘Jeopardy!’ episodes.”
Rodgers even got the opportunity to fulfill his lifelong dream of appearing on the show back in 2015. The athlete ended up winning his “Celebrity Jeopardy!” match-up.
“I think when I came on the show in 2015 and got to do ‘Celebrity Jeopardy!’ I saw how special this environment was,” Rodgers continued. He imagined himself returning to the show one day. “I remember thinking this would be like a dream job. If Alex ever retired at 90, to come back and be a part of this. I love trivia so much.”
Rodgers will host starting Monday April 5 and will continue for two weeks, through April 16.