‘Jeopardy!’: How Much Money Did Aaron Rodgers Win on Celebrity Appearance?

by Chris Haney

In May 2015, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers not only made an appearance on Jeopardy! as a contestant, but he won the celebrity episode and earned his charity a significant donation.

At the time, the 31-year-old made an appearance on Celebrity Jeopardy! during the NFL offseason. He faced fellow contestants Kevin O’Leary from Shark Tank and astronaut Mark Kelly. The Super Bowl-winning quarterback is a well-known fan of the popular game show. He did himself and the NFL proud with his game show performance.

In fact, Aaron Rodgers even swept an entire category on the way to victory. He answered every question in the “Leader of the Pack” category correctly. In addition, he finished the celebrity episode with earnings of $8,399. His total beat out O’Leary’s $0 and Kelly’s $4,300 at the end of “Final Jeopardy!.”

Therefore, Rodgers won $50,000 for his favorite charity. The $50k went towards the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer fund. The game show also donated $10,000 to each charity of O’Leary and Kelly’s choice.

Additionally, the quarterback impressed the game show’s iconic host Alex Trebek with his knowledge. Rodgers joked with Trebek that he should have a celebration of his own when he’s having a good show. The Jeopardy! host then honored Rodgers by busting out the quarterback’s “Discount Double Check” celebration in front of the live audience.

Aaron Rodgers Will Be the Guest Host of ‘Jeopardy!’ Soon

According to Newsweek, Aaron Rodgers is scheduled to be the guest host of Jeopardy! beginning on April 5. The 37-year-old will fill in for the late Alex Trebek following his tragic death after battling pancreatic cancer. Rodgers will host the show for 10 episodes as one of a series of special guest hosts.

By the time Rodgers fills in for Trebek, the quarterback will be the fifth interim host of the show. Former Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings just finished his stint as the first guest host on Friday. On Monday, Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards took over the position as the show’s second interim host. Furthermore, Richards will pass the torch to news anchor Katie Couric next, followed by Dr. Mehmet Oz before Rodgers takes over.

Aaron Rodgers’ connection with the game show is well documented. He recently announced that he would be involved with the game show once again while talking with Pat McAfee on his show.

“They’re doing some guest hosting spots and it’s going to be released here pretty soon. But I have the opportunity to do one of those,” Rodgers said on The Pat McAfee Show. “I’m excited about that opportunity with Jeopardy!.”