‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host Aaron Rodgers Speaks Out on First Week in Charge: ‘It’s Been Surreal’

by John Jamison

Aaron Rodgers‘ first week as the guest-host on “Jeopardy!” has drawn to a close. And there are plenty of takeaways going into the weekend for Rodgers and fans of the show alike.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback summed one of his up in a few words on Twitter.

There’s plenty to talk about here. Firstly, it’s pretty cool that a true fan of the show gets to live out his dream. It’s an opportunity he would likely never have if he wasn’t already a celebrity.

Second, the amount of respect Aaron Rodgers has shown for the legacy of late Alex Trebek is on full display. His hashtag “followingalegend” is enough to warm the heart.

Third, all of the support people have shown him can’t be understated. Especially compared to the amount of criticism his predecessor, Dr. Oz, received.

“Absolutely blown away with your command of Jeopardy!! I am voting you the MVP of guest hosts and hope you get the job permanently!” said one Twitter user.

A fan of the Minnesota Vikings, a division rival of the Packers, added comically, “You’re a natural. Take this gig and leave the Vikings fans alone. You’ve hurt us enough over the years.”

The Quarterback Turned “Jeopardy!” Host Knows A Thing or Two About Following Legends

Earlier in the week, Aaron Rodgers delivered a message before the game of “Jeopardy!” started.

“Following in the footsteps of a legend is something I know a little about, and I learned the best way to honor their legacy is to put in the work and deliver at the highest level. So for the next two weeks, I hope I can make Alex proud,” he said.

Does anyone remember Brett Favre? Because that’s who Rodgers was referring to when he said this.

Anyone remotely familiar with NFL football has likely heard Favre’s name. He is one of the all-time great quarterbacks, playing in the league for 20 seasons. 16 of those he played for the Green Bay Packers, and yes, he was a teammate to Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers was drafted in 2005 and spent three seasons as Brett Favre’s backup. He learned everything he could from the legendary quarterback, and that experience served him well. His career thus far has done honor to Favre’s Green Bay legacy.

It’s touching to see Aaron afford a similar level of respect to the legacy of Alex Trebek and “Jeopardy!”