The contestants on Jeopardy! are already having fun at the expense of the game show’s newest guest host. During a preview clip of Final Jeopardy!, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers couldn’t help but smile and take it on the chin after one contestant’s amusing answer.
ESPN NFL reporter Field Yates is usually breaking football stories. However, he somehow has the inside scoop on Jeopardy! these days as well. Yates shared a preview of a Final Jeopardy! exchange between a contestant and Rodgers. The quarterback’s interim gig starts on Monday night, and it didn’t take long for someone to bring up that field goal in the playoffs.
Rodgers led the Packers all the way to the NFC Championship game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past season. The quarterback had an amazing year, which earned Rodgers his third league MVP award. Yet one play made headlines following Green Bay’s 31-26 loss to Tampa Bay.
Down by 8 points, Green Bay head coach Matt LaFleur decided to kick a field goal with just over two minutes to play. Although the kicker made the field goal, that meant Tom Brady and the Bucs took over and could run out the clock. Unfortunately for Aaron Rodgers, that’s exactly what happened after Tampa earned a couple of first downs. As most know, Tom Brady went on to earn his 7th Super Bowl ring two weeks later when the Bucs defeated the Kansas City Chiefs.
‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Pokes Fun at Field Goal Decision
NFL fans and analysts alike butchered the Packers for their decision to kick a late field goal in the NFC Championship. In addition, Rodgers himself seemed to criticize his head coach for calling the play in his postgame interview.
When returning Jeopardy! champion Scott Shewfelt couldn’t come up with the answer in the final round, he decided to get to the bottom of the infamously terrible play call.
“Who decided to kick that field goal?” Shewfelt hilariously wrote down in place of an actual answer. As Rodgers read the contestant’s answer, he couldn’t help but laugh along with the audience.
“That is a great question. It should be correct, but unfortunately for this game today that’s incorrect. And you’re going to lose …zero,” Rodgers responded while being a good sport about it.
Shewfelt wisely bet $0 since he was obviously not confident in the category. No word yet on if he retained his title as champion, but he finished the game with a total of $9,300.
Aaron Rodgers Hopes to ‘Mimic’ Alex Trebek While Guest-Hosting
On Monday evening, Rodgers will be the fifth interim host of Jeopardy! when he takes over the game show for the next two weeks. During an interview earlier today, he said his goal is to “mimic” legendary host Alex Trebek. Not a bad idea for any guest host of the popular quiz show.
Rodgers joined The Pat McAfee Show today where the host asked the QB about his preparation for the show. He asked the quarterback if he’d watched any of the previous interim hosts during his research for his Jeopardy! appearance.
Rodgers said he hasn’t watched a single episode since Trebek passed away. Additionally, he explained his outlook and approach to taking over as Jeopardy! guest host.
“I haven’t watched an episode since Alex,” Rodgers admitted. “I didn’t really want to be influenced at all by the other guest hosts and how they do things. Kind of want to do things my way. Which my way meant a total respect and almost mimicking the beauty that Alex Trebek brought to the show.”
Instead, Rodgers studied the ins and outs of being on live television. From learning cues to go to or from break, or knowing what cameras to look at, Rodgers took notes on exactly what Trebek did as host.
“Just the flow of a show is something you learn how to do,” Rodgers added. “For me, it was taking a lot of notes, and figuring out exactly what Alex did. And wanting to do him justice, his memory justice, by being as prepared as possible when I got on the show.”