NFL Star Aaron Rodgers Set to Guest Host ´Jeopardy!´

By Preslee Adams, Staff Writer

On January 12th, Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers announced that he would later be featured as a guest host on the television classic “Jeopardy!” during the NFL offseason.


After the death of “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek on November 8th, many show fans mourned his loss and the show’s possible discontinuation after 36 years. Shortly following his death, the show’s producers confirmed that the game show would carry on, featuring a rotation of famous guest hosts in replacement of Trebek.


Rodgers has been a long time supporter of the show and described himself as a ¨humongous fan.¨ He first began watching ¨Jeopardy!¨ with his grandparents and noted that he had a nostalgic attachment to Trebek, unlike the feeling he had with sportscasters growing up.


“One of my idols growing up was Alex Trebek,” said Aaron Rodgers on the “The Pat McAfee Show.” “They’re doing some guest-hosting spots. It’s going to be released here pretty soon, but I have the opportunity to do one of those. … I’m excited about that opportunity with ‘Jeopardy!'”


Though his excitement has not gone unnoticed, it was not Rodger’s first time featured on the hit show. In 2015, Rodgers participated as a contestant on “Celebrity Jeopardy!,” beating notable celebrities such as Kevin O’Leary from “Shark Tank” and astronaut Mark Kelly. His victory brought in $50,000 for Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer. 


“When the opportunity came up in 2015, I mean that was a dream come true— it really was— to be on there,” he said.


However, Rodgers’ thrill got ahead of him, causing him to announce his gig before consulting with producers about the big news.


“I may have jumped the gun a little bit, so I apologize to ‘Jeopardy!’ if they wanted to announce it,” Rodgers informed during a press conference. “I just got so excited on the show earlier. 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 first featured ¨Jeopardy!¨ guest host, Ken Jennings, began his appearance on January 11th, paying tribute to Alex Trebek at the beginning of the show. 


“Like all ‘Jeopardy!’ fans, I miss Alex very much, and I thank him for everything he did for all of us,” said Jennings. “Let’s be totally clear: no one will ever replace the great Alex Trebek. But we can honor him by playing the game he loved.”