It is safe to say that reigning National Football League MVP Aaron Rodgers is ready for his turn as Jeopardy! host.
While his episodes as host have already been recorded, today is the official start as host of the hit quiz show. The Green Bay Packers superstar quarterback is the fifth celebrity to serve as Jeopardy! host since the passing of Alex Trebek. The long-time show host oversaw Jeopardy! from his podium for 37 years before passing last year of pancreatic cancer. Rodgers follows former contestant Ken Jennings, executive producer Mike Richards, journalist Katie Couric and Dr. Mehmet Oz as hosts.
Rodgers has been busy on social media as of late, expressing his excitement for the hosting opportunity he begins today. He took to his Instagram page today (Monday) to further promote Jeopardy! appearance. Known for his big arm and a big sense of humor, Rodgers jokes about the duty requirements of a guest host.
“I wear suits and read clues for the next two weeks on Jeopardy!” he says in the post.
‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host Playing for COVID-19 Relief
Like the guest hosts before him, the quarterback’s tenure will raise money for a charity of his choosing. The previous guest host, Dr. Oz, was to raise more than $200,000 for HealthCorps Inc., a mental health organization for teens. Rodgers will be assisting the North Valley Community Foundation with his Jeopardy! hosting efforts. The nonprofit is based out of Chico, California, which is also where Rodgers hails from. The organization provides grants to small businesses in Chico, struggling in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. They also assist in several other areas of need throughout their community.
The foundation took to social media over the weekend to express its excitement over Rodgers’ Jeopardy! tenure. They say his contributions will provide significant relief to entities in northern California.
“So this is happening…Aaron Rodgers is hosting Jeopardy! for two weeks starting on Monday,” the Instagram post says. “Jeopardy! will match the winnings of all contestants and donate it to the Aaron Rodgers Small Business COVID-19 Fund at NVCF.”
Rodgers tenure will begin today (Monday) and will come to end on Friday, April 16.