Start warming up, Aaron Rodgers. You are the next host of Jeopardy! but don’t worry, the Green Bay Packers have your back.
That’s right, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodger’s will take over as host of the popular game show. He is one in a long string of interim hosts since the death of the beloved Alex Trebek.
First up was former Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings, who worked as a host in January. He was replaced by executive producer Mike Richards, who currently is running the show, both in front and behind the scenes.
Other notable names that will be taking over Jeopardy! along with Aaron Rodgers are TV personalities Katie Couric and Dr. Mehmet Oz, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, actress Mayim Bialik, and Today host Savannah Gutherie.
The 37-year-old three-time NFL MVP starts his 10-episode stint beginning on April 5th.
The Green Bay Packers showed their support for Aaron Rodger with a tweet yesterday morning.
Aaron Rodgers on Jeopardy!
In addition, this will not be Aaron Rodgers’ first time on the popular game show. In 2015, Rodgers was a contestant on Celebrity Jeopardy! where he raised $50,000 for the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) Fund. The record-holding quarterback competed against former astronaut and current Arizona senator Mark Kelly and Shark Tank panelist Kevin O’Leary. Aaron Rodgers beat them both.
As a kid, Aaron Rodgers looked up to many icons within the football world. However, one of his biggest idols included Alex Trebek. As a dedicated fan of Jeopardy! Rodgers was delighted when he was asked to host but also wants to pay tribute to Trebek.
“The show has been so special to me over the years,” said Rodgers. “It’s been a staple at my house here in Green Bay for the last 16 years – 6 o’clock watching Alex and trying to get as many questions as I can. When the opportunity came up in 2015, I mean that was a dream come true. It really was. To be on there, to get to meet Alex was just such a special moment, and we’re all obviously sad about his passing.”
When the announcement came that Aaron Rodger would serve as host, the quarterback couldn’t hold back the news.
“I’m really excited about it. We’ve been talking about it for a little bit. I think I may have jumped the gun a little bit, so I apologize to Jeopardy! if they wanted to announce it. I just got so excited on the show earlier. It just went down the last couple of days, us figuring it out. It is very exciting, it’s for the offseason, we’ll be even more excited when that opportunity gets a little closer.”