As Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers begins his guest-hosting stint on “Jeopardy!”, he says he hopes to make late host Alex Trebek proud.
“Following in the footsteps of a legend is something that I know a little bit about,” Rodgers said on “Jeopardy!” Tuesday. “And I learned the best way to honor their legacy is to put in the work and deliver at the highest level. So over the next two weeks, I hope I can make Alex proud.”
Trebek died on Nov. 8 of stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife Jean and two children.
“@AaronRodgers12 is used to following in the footsteps of legends on – and off – the field,” @Jeopardy tweeted Tuesday night.
Aaron Rodgers Got a Surprise Answer During His First Episode
Rodgers was getting into the swing of hosting “Jeopardy!” and his first episode had been moving along nicely when he got a little surprise from one of the contestants.
Scott Shewfelt didn’t know the answer to the final question of the episode, the Associated Press reported. So he wrote down a question that had been bugging him and millions of other NFL fans. It was a reference to a fateful strategic decision by the Packers in last season’s NFC championship game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Packers were behind 31-23 and had fourth-and-goal at the 8-yard line with a little more than two minutes left to play. They chose to kick a field goal instead of trying for a touchdown. The Buccaneers went on to win the game, 31-26.
“Who wanted to kick that field goal?” Shewfelt wrote.
Rodgers paused when Shewfelt’s question popped up on the screen. Then he said, “That is a great question. It should be correct, but unfortunately for this game today, it’s incorrect.”
Rodgers later told Shewfelt in a behind-the-scenes “Jeopardy!” video, “I can see [your answer] out on the podium, and I was like, ‘Please put something about the field goal on there. You will always be all-time in my book, my friend.'”
Rodgers Becomes the Latest “Jeopardy!” Guest Host
For the next two weeks, Rodgers will try his hand at guest hosting. Previously, Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” ex-“Today” show host Katie Couric, “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards and “Jeopardy!” legend Ken Jennings had guest-hosted the show.
Rodgers’ immediate predecessor proved controversial with some former “Jeopardy!” contestants, a problem that Rodgers is not likely to have. The genial quarterback has even suggested that he could juggle his NFL duties and host “Jeopardy!” full time, if the show’s producers like him as much as NFL fans do.
But Rodgers has plenty of competition for the permanent hosting gig. In the meantime, he seems to be enjoying his guest-hosting stint.
After Rodgers, the next guest hosts will be “Today” show co-anchor Savanna Guthrie, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, actress Mayim Bialik, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.