Today (April 5) is the beginning of Aaron Rodgers’ two-week stint as the guest host of “Jeopardy!”
When he isn’t firing off trivia questions to contestants on a studio set, Rodgers’ is tossing a football around as one of the most popular quarterbacks in the NFL. Rodgers is currently the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers.
He became the starting quarterback of the team back in 2008. He led them to a victory in 2011 for Super Bowl XLV. Recently, there have been rumors that Rodgers may be ready to retire from his role in the NFL. Some fans are even speculating that he would retire now in order to take on the position of full-time host of “Jeopardy!”
Once a full-time host is announced they will likely hold the position for a long time. For whoever wants the position, it’s really now or never.
Aaron Rodgers and Retirement
According to NBC’s Pro Football Talk, Rodgers’ “pre-airing victory lap” as the “Jeopardy!” host may be him trying to show off his qualifications to hold the position permanently. He has really been trying to create a lot of buzz and hype over his success as a host. Fans won’t get to see how he did until tonight (April 5).
He has also talked about the extent to which he prepared. Similar to studying football plays, Rodgers studied old episodes of “Jeopardy!” with the late Alex Trebek. He noted Trebek’s responses to contestants and the overall way that he kept the show moving.
Football is certainly not a lifelong career. The job of hosting “Jeopardy!” could be something Rodgers can do for the rest of his life. Alex Trebek hosted the show for 37 years.
According to Fansided, Rodgers has a potential way out of his contract with the Packers in 2022. Otherwise, he would have to wait until the 2023 season. He is currently 39. Other players, such as Tom Brady, choose to play well into their 40s. It is unclear what Rodgers will decide to do.
Rodgers has also made it unclear if he wants to retire with the Packers or switch to a different team in the future.
“Yeah, so far, it’s definitely been my team. I said last year I didn’t know if that was actually possible to be able to finish there…still feel like that’s kind of where we’re at. I mean, I don’t know if a lot that’s in my hands, but I guess we’ll just kind of see as we go,” Rodgers said to Kenny Mayne from ESPN.
USA Today asked Rodgers what he would choose after retirement between being an NFL TV analyst or the host of “Jeopardy!” Rodgers responded, “Not even close: Hosting ‘Jeopardy!'”
At the end of the day, Rodgers has not confirmed anything regarding his future in the NFL or with “Jeopardy!”
Rodgers ‘Jeopardy!’ Jitters
Aaron Rodgers has said that he has been a huge fan of “Jeopardy!” his entire life. He used to watch it as a kid with his grandma and grandpa.
Now, he gets to stand where Alex Trebek once stood, behind the lectern and next to the game board. In an exclusive interview with “Jeopardy!” producers, Rodgers said that he was quite nervous to host the show. He had to write messages reminding him to “relax” and “slow down” on his podium.
“Sometimes even the sharpest mental folks, which I try to be, we have some negative self-talk that comes up from time to time, whether before a game or before a show…something that I try to do before the show is something I’ve been doing for a while now…it’s called box breathing. You have a rhythmic breathing structure that helps to lower your heart rate,” Rodgers said.
Despite years of huge audiences and millions of at-home viewers watching him lead a football team, Rodgers couldn’t escape the “Jeopardy!” nerves.