Aaron Rodgers is ‘Nerd Who Wants to Host Jeopardy’ Fiancée Shailene Woodley Dishes About the NFL Star

by Josh Lanier

Aaron Rodgers is a Super Bowl-winning quarterback and three-time NFL MVP, but to fiancee Shailene Woodley, he’s a nerd who loves trivia.

The actress explained on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Monday night that she had never even watched a football game before they started dating. She also confirmed for the first time that the couple got engaged some time ago.

“I don’t know him as a football guy,” the 29-year-old actress said. “I know him as the nerd who wants to host Jeopardy!

“That’s the dude I know. He just happens to also be very good at sports.”

Aaron Rodgers isn’t been shy about his love of the show. He called Alex Trebek one of his heroes. Rodgers said he was starstruck when he appeared on an episode of Celebrity Jeopardy.

“I was so excited, trying to keep it together and act like it wasn’t the huge deal that it was to me on the inside,” Rodgers said in November of meeting Trebek.

Rodgers won that 2015 episode, by the way, winning $50,000 for charity against some stiff competition. He beat Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary and astronaut-turned-U.S. Senator Mark Kelly.

The Green Bay quarterback will start his stint as Jeopardy! host on April 5. He is one of a slate of celebrities who will take over hosting duties until producers choose a permanent replacement for Trebek. These include Anderson Cooper, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie, journalist Katie Couric, 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker, actress Mayim Bialik. Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings and the show’s executive producer Mike Richards have already guest-hosted the show.

Trebek died in November from pancreatic cancer.

Mike Richards Honors Alex Trebek in First Show

Jeopardy! Executive Producer Mike Richards took over the show on Monday night as interim host. And he received rave reviews on social media for his performance, despite it being his first time taking the reigns in front of the camera.

“So, as the producer, my job is to quite literally live the mantra ‘the show must go on,’” Richards said. “So let’s do what Alex Trebek did 8,244 times: Let’s play Jeopardy! and prove that nothing can stop this show.”

Richards made sure to pay his respects to the man that made Jeopardy! a cultural touchstone, as well.

“I just want to say, as Alex said, we’re trying to build a kinder and gentler society,” Richards said, repeating something Trebek had said. “And if we all pitch in just a little bit, we’re going to get there. See you next time.”

The show then ended with simple message to the former host.

“Dedicated to Alex Trebek,” the slate read. “Forever in our Hearts, Always our Inspiration.”