‘Jeopardy!’: Aaron Rodgers is Paying the ‘Ultimate Compliment’ to Alex Trebek Says Show Producer

by John Jamison
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Aaron Rodgers‘ second week as the “Jeopardy!” guest host gets underway on Monday. And Mike Richards, the show’s executive producer and a former guest host himself, had some kinds words to share about the quarterback’s performance.

Mike Richards took a turn hosting “Jeopardy!” following Ken Jennings’ month-long stint on the show. So the executive producer knows what makes a good candidate for the job. And apparently, he feels that Aaron Rodgers has what it takes.

“What I find fascinating about Aaron, is his second career could be better than his first,” Richards told NBC Sports.

Strong words, considering the Green Bay Packers quarterback is a three-time NFL MVP, earning his third this past season.

“It’s the ultimate compliment to Alex and to the franchise that Aaron is that forward with his thoughts, and so complimentary of the show,” Richards said.

Aaron Rodgers Wants The Permanent ‘Jeopardy!’ Job

It’s no secret that Aaron Rodgers wants the job. The big potential hang-up, however, would be his NFL schedule.

The quarterback is convinced that he would be able to do both jobs at the same time. And he might be right. It only takes roughly 46 days to shoot a year’s worth of episodes. But his NFL career demands anywhere from 6-7 months out of the year when he does nothing except focus on winning football games. So it all depends on how Sony feels about the potential conflicts in schedule.

Rodgers may be borrowing trouble, anyway. Ken Jennings, the game show legend, appears to be the current favorite for the permanent job. Plus, there’s a whole summer’s worth of guest hosts set to rotate into the position. And who knows? Maybe a clear-cut favorite will emerge and take “Jeopardy!” by storm.

What we do know is that the show loves the football appeal that Rodgers brings to the table. Some of the guest host’s best moments have been football-related. And according to Mike Richards, there’s going to be another one coming this week sometime.

“Fun moment in the second week. I can’t give it away, but it’s Packer-related. And Aaron’s exasperated,” the producer said.

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