Since the passing of legendary Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, the show has been searching for a permanent replacement.
As they work through that process, folks like Katie Couric, Dr. Oz, and the greatest Jeopardy! contestant of all-time, Ken Jennings, have all guest-hosted the show.
And now, this NFL star is set to fulfill one of his dreams by hosting the show for the next two weeks.
Most professional athletes cherish their privacy, and like to keep a lot of their private lives to themselves.
But none may take it to the level that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers does.
In fact, up until his engagement to actress Shailene Woodley was announced, no one knew the two even knew one another, and the first picture of them together didn’t even exist until last week.
One thing we have known about Rodgers for some time, though, is that he grew up an avid fan of Jeopardy!
Back in 2015, Rodgers competed in and won Celebrity Jeopardy! by a rather comfortable margin over Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary and astronaut Mark Kelly.
Once it was revealed that the show would be rotating through numerous guest hosts as they searched for Trebek’s replacement, Rodgers announced in January that he would be getting the opportunity to host the show.
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) January 12, 2021
At that time, it wasn’t known when we would get to see Rodgers’ on the show, but we now know that he will be guest hosting starting Monday, April 5, and will host a full two weeks of shows.
Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers will be hosting Jeopardy for two weeks, starting Monday April 5 and continuing through the week of Monday April 12.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 31, 2021
This opportunity has to be special for Rodgers, considering he said in January that Trebek was one of his “idols” growing up.
But the fact that he is getting the chance to host Jeopardy! while the show’s producers search for a permanent replacement has led many to speculate on what Rodgers chances are of landing the full-time gig.
In fact, sports radio legend Dan Patrick recently said that he believes Rodgers has as good of a shot as anyone and could even host the show without having to leave football behind.
As Patrick noted, the filming schedule for the show certainly fits into Rodgers schedule, and he does seem to have the personality required to carry the show.
But filling Alex Trebek’s shoes is no easy task, as Dr. Oz found out as fans of the show were up in arms over him hosting the show recently.
No one even knows if Rodgers would actually want to host the show permanently, but based on his love for the show and excitement over this opportunity, it’s hard to see him turning it down if it’s offered.
Whether or not hosting Jeopardy! on a permanent basis is in Aaron Rodgers’ future, it’s certainly going to be fun watching him host for the next couple of weeks.
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.