Upcoming ‘Jeopardy!’ guest host: Who is Aaron Rodgers?
When he is done slinging passes this season, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be firing off questions as a guest-host on the television game show “Jeopardy!”
Rodgers announced the gig Tuesday, but “Jeopardy!” representatives declined to confirm the news. The show is planning to use various guest hosts for upcoming episodes after longtime host Alex Trebek died of cancer in November.
“I may have jumped the gun a little bit, so I apologize to ‘Jeopardy!’ if they wanted to announce it,” Rodgers said about revealing his offseason plan during ‘The Pat McAfee Show’ on Sirius XM. “It kind of 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.”
The NFL MVP favorite was a contestant on “Celebrity Jeopardy!” in 2015, winning the question-answer episode against Kevin O’Leary of “Shark Tank” and former astronaut Mark Kelly. This past November, Kelly was elected to the U.S. Senate in an Arizona special election, taking the seat previously occupied by John McCain.
“The show has been so special to me over the years,” Rodgers said Tuesday. “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, that was a dream come true. It really was. To be on there, to get to meet Alex was just such a special moment. We’re all obviously sad about his passing.”
First things first for the Packers this weekend. The NFC’s No. 1 seed is set to play host to the Los Angeles Rams in a divisional-round playoff game on Saturday. Rodgers passed for 4,299 yards this season and an NFL-leading 48 touchdowns with five interceptions.
The 37-year-old, who is in his 16th NFL season, all with the Packers, has 412 career TD passes with 89 interceptions in 197 career games (190 starts).
In 18 career playoff starts he is 10-8 with 5,027 yards, 40 TDs and 12 interceptions. Rodgers guided the Packers to a 31-25 victory in Super Bowl XLV against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
–Field Level Media