It’s no secret how much Packers QB Aaron Rodgers loves Jeopardy. The Cal grad prides himself on his dominating performance on Celebrity Jeopardy years ago, and when the show started filling the late, legendary Alex Trebek shoes with guest hosts, it was no surprise that the Super Bowl-winning MVP would take a turn.
That doesn’t mean there wouldn’t be some surprises in store for him!
Rodgers isn’t taking over the gig permanently. Based on last season, the Hall of Fame-bound quarterback still has a lot of life left in his arm. He led Green Bay to the NFC Championship Game, where they lost to the ageless Tom Brady after a very questionable decision to go for a field goal when they clearly needed a TD instead.
The Packers lost that game and lost a shot at the Super Bowl. Rodgers has expressed his dissatisfaction with the play call, but has surely moved on and started preparing for next season. But not everyone is willing to forget.
Scott Shewfelt is clearly harboring a grudge. Shewfelt was a contestant on Jeopardy during one of Rodgers’ episodes, and when the two-day champion realized he had no shot at winning the game, he took the opportunity to needle the quarterback with a question about that fateful play call, writing: “Who wanted to kick that field goal?”
The QB clearly wasn’t expecting to get trolled while hosting his favorite game show, but to his credit, he took it in stride, responding with chagrin: “That is a great question. Should be correct!”
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) April 5, 2021
That dude may not have won three games in a row, but he did crush an MVP quarterback on national television, and that is pretty clutch.
As for Rodgers, despite getting shaded by contestants, he still wants a shot at becoming the full-time host of Jeopardy, telling The Ringer he thinks he can fit it into his NFL schedule.
“I don’t think I’d need to give up football to do it. They film 46 days a year. I worked 187 this year in Green Bay,” he said in an interview. “That gives me, eh—[pauses]—178 days to do Jeopardy! So I feel like I could fit 46 into that 178 and make it work. It would be a dream job for sure, and I’m not shy at all about saying I want the job. That’s how I went into it. I want an opportunity to be in the mix.”
Hopefully, if he does get that shot, he’ll get to call his own plays.
It’s about time they bring in LeVar Burton.