April 7, 2021

"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. That gives me 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.” 

Said Aaron Rodgers, quoted in "Aaron Rodgers Says He Wants to Be the Permanent Host of 'Jeopardy!'" (Inside Hook).

“I feel like I bring something different to the stage — I’m the youngest of any of the guest hosts, I’d be the youngest host of just about any major game show, I bring an audience from the NFL, and I feel like I appeal to nerdy people, too, because I was a nerd in high school and got caught in that weird phase of wanting to be a jock and an athlete and also really caring about getting good grades. And at the same time, there’s not many bigger fans of the show than me. I’ve been watching it for years and years and years. I respect the show and appreciate the history of it, and also there’s my background of stepping in for a legend and their footsteps. I feel like all that combined makes me a pretty good candidate.”  

I love the forthright, heartfelt, humble/proud submission of an application for the job. He's such a huge sports hero, and he wants to come home to nerddom. So appealing!


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FROM THE EMAIL: Mary Ann writes:

I’ve been watching Aaron Rodgers these past two nights on Jeopardy. I think that he is adorable, sexy and, of course, smart. However, I do not think that he has the T.V. personality to be the permanent host (so far). Too bad...maybe he’ll step it up going forward? Someone has to tell him to turn on the charm and get a bit more animated. So far, he’s too laid back and doesn’t seem engaged enough. I live in FL so I’m not a Green Bay fan but I am pulling for Aaron... until Tom Brady decides that he might want to give Jeopardy a try!

I watched the Monday episode and thought he seemed nervous and over-restrained. Some restraint is good. The focus has to be on reading the answers with precision and proper emphasis. That's crucial to smooth game play. He can't be fooling around or cutesy or at all careless. But he needs a bit more life. There is a special extra spark — a feeling of fun and humor — that Alex Trebek brought to the game. You can't try too hard for it, but you need to find it. I hope Aaron can get there, because as you say, he is so adorable and sexy.