Green Bay Packers Quarterback hosts ‘Jeopardy’; Aaron Rodgers experiences legacy Trebek left behind

Green Bay Packers Quarterback, Aaron Rodgers as the Guest host for ‘Jeopardy’ for two weeks. Rodgers has been a long-time ‘Jeopardy’ fan.

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Green Bay Packers Quarterback, Aaron Rodgers as the Guest host for ‘Jeopardy’ for two weeks. Rodgers has been a long-time ‘Jeopardy’ fan.


 “Rodgers is hosting Jeopardy! for the next two weeks as the show goes through a series of guest hosts to replace Alex Trebek, who died of cancer,” states the Associated Press, “Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers got quite the surprise in his first episode as a guest host of Jeopardy!

     According to the Associated Press, contestant Scott Shewfelt had gotten stuck on a question, “He decided to reply by referencing a controversial Packers strategic decision in last season’s NFC championship game as he wrote, ‘Who wanted to kick that field goal?’”

     Some context on this decision being, “The Packers trailed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-23 and had fourth-and-goal at the 8-yard line with just over two minutes when they opted to kick a field goal rather than going for the touchdown. Mason Crosby made the field goal, but the Bucs took the kickoff and maintained possession the rest of the way to win 31-26,” reports the Associated Press

     The Associated Press also mentioned that, “The Jeopardy! Twitter account later posted a behind-the-scenes video in which Rodgers told Shewfelt, “I can see (your answer) out on the podium, and I was like, ‘Please put something about the field goal on there. You will always be all-time in my book, my friend.”

     Junior Laynie Sheahy watched one of the episodes with Rodgers as the host and she said, “I think Aaron did a good job with asking the questions. The job doesn’t seem hard, but Alex just did it for so long.” Sheahy also mentioned that she ultimately prefers Trebek because of the legacy he left behind after so many years, but she did enjoy Rodgers as the host. “When thinking of Jeopardy, he (Alex Trebek) will always be thought of as the host.”

     “Rodgers, 37, is a longtime fan, and has been on the Jeopardy! stage before: He bested Kevin O’Leary (Shark Tank) and astronaut Mark Kelly as a contestant in 2015 to win $50,000 for charity,” states USA Today.

     Sheahy had also mentioned that she, “didn’t find any serious cons with him (Rodgers) being the host. He was at some points reading the questions too slow. He also wasn’t as personable with the players like Alex was.” 

     In an interview done by USA Today, Rodgers himself had said, “Of course (it was harder than I expected). I do appreciate the practice games that we went through with some of the writers and researchers. But once the game started, there were definitely some nerves standing in the side stage and hearing my introduction and knowing I was going to walk from behind the board and have to take control of this game for the entire day. It was pretty special; nerve-wracking, but it was like an (NFL) game, almost, where you’re just kind of waiting for those introductions to run out of the tunnel.”