Aaron Rodgers may be looking for a career in television whenever he decides to hang up his cleats for good.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback hinted at such while discussing his “Jeopardy!” hosting debut scheduled to air Monday.
Rodgers is signed through 2023, but his long-term future in Green Bay is uncertain with no guaranteed money on the table for him after this season.
“I would love to be the host of ‘Jeopardy!’, yes,” the 37-year-old QB said on “The Pat McAfee Show” on Monday when asked if he’d take on the gig full-time.
Rodgers’ time hosting the legendary quiz show will air over the next two weeks from April 5-16.
He also explained why he didn’t watch any other guest hosts before him while preparing for his time behind the podium.
“I didn’t really want to be influenced by the other guest hosts and how they do things,” he said. “I kind of wanted to do things my way, which my way meant a total respect and almost mimicking the beauty that (late host) Alex (Trebek) brought to the show.”
The newly engaged NFL MVP went on to discuss how he prepared to guest-host “Jeopardy!”, which included watching a different type of film than what he’s used to.
“There’s a lot of things you learn when you start studying, like what the host actually does… There’s just things that you have to learn to do, whether it’s throwing to break, or coming out of break, or the bumpers, or conversations that you have and what cameras you need to look at — just the flow of a show that’s something I had to learn,” he said.
Rodgers wanted to do right by Trebek in the process.
“It was taking a lot of notes and figuring out exactly what Alex did and wanting to do him justice and his memory justice by being as prepared as possible when I got to the show,” he said. “And then, just infuse dry humor and sarcasm from time to time when necessary and appropriate.”
Rodgers’ stint as a guest host on “Jeopardy!” follows Dr. Oz and other big-names who have stepped in for Trebek. The longtime host died in November after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 80.
“Jeopardy” began airing new episodes March 8, with a series of guest hosts. The show will make a contribution to a charity of their choice and that amount will match the cumulative winnings of all contestants who compete during the guest host’s tenure.
Rodgers’ charity of choice is the North Valley Community Foundation, in which the contribution from his hosting gig will go to his Small Business COVID-19 fund. The Super Bowl XLV MVP is also a 2015 “Celebrity Jeopardy!” champion, so he knows a thing or two about hard-hitting quiz competitions. It appears he wants to get even more familiar with “Jeopardy!” when his time throwing touchdowns is over.
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