Aaron Rodgers Wears Hilariously Slick Reference to SNL ‘Celebrity Jeopardy’ Character at Kentucky Derby 2021

by Thad Mitchell

Fresh off his two-week stint as Jeopardy! guest host, reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers took in the Kentucky Derby over the weekend.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback is one of the top players in the NFL as evidenced by his status as the league’s reigning MVP. Aaron Rodgers took on the role of Jeopardy! guest host, with his tenure wrapping up just a few weeks ago. He did quite well as the show’s host, receiving a respectable score of 5.6 on the Nielsen Rating scale. He is also a fan favorite of Jeopardy! watchers and has said he desires the full-time hosting gig once held by the late Alex Trebek. Time will tell if he receives serious consideration for the permanent Jeopardy! spot.

On the field, Aaron Rodgers is known for his rocket arm, ability to escape oncoming tacklers and high football intelligence. Off the field, Rodgers is a completely different story. Once described as a nerd, Rodgers is highly intelligent, friendly and even somewhat “goofy,” according to those who know him.

He is known for his sharp wit and robust sense of humor that has endeared him to fans of the NFL. It comes as no surprise that Rodgers pulled something of a practical joke over the weekend while attending the Kentucky Derby. He dials up his inner Norm McDonald in an ode to Saturday Night Live’s “Celebrity Jeopardy!” skit.

“Aaron Rodgers at the Kentucky Derby wearing a name tag that says Turd Ferguson is incredible,” the social media post exclaims.

Aaron Rodgers Attends Kentucky Derby as ‘Turd Ferguson’

No, you aren’t reading that wrong. Aaron Rodgers wrote “Turd Ferguson” on his name tag and presumably wore it throughout the Kentucky Derby.

The joke comes from a hilarious Saturday Night Live sketch in which Norm McDonald plays Burt Reynolds in an edition of Celebrity Jeopardy!. Attempting to get Alex Trebek, played by Will Farrell, to crack, McDonald, as Reynolds, writes the humorous pseudonym to display on his podium. He then insists Trebek refer to him as “Turd Ferguson” through the remainder of the show. It is one of the most well-known moments in the sketch comedy’s long history.

In addition to his Kentucky Derby appearance, Aaron Rodgers also made other news over the weekend. With the NFL Draft held over the weekend, rumors began circulating that the quarterback isn’t happy with his current situation in Green Bay.

How long he stays in Green Bay is a question, but his robust sense of humor is not.