After internet hosting his first episode of “Jeopardy!” on Monday, Aaron Rodgers is slated to host the sport present 9 extra occasions between now and April 16 when his visitor internet hosting stint is scheduled to finish. Nevertheless, if it is as much as Rodgers, that April 16 episode will not be his closing one as host and that is as a result of the Packers quarterback desires to be thought-about for the full-time job.
Throughout an interview on Monday, Rodgers stated he would completely take the everlasting job if it was supplied to him.
The truth that Rodgers was out campaigning to land the “Jeopardy!” job raised some eyebrows across the NFL and that is largely as a result of he already has a full-time job with the Packers. Though it’d appear to be Rodgers must retire from soccer if he needed to host “Jeopardy!” that is truly not the case.
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So how would that work?
Rodgers revealed his loopy plan throughout an interview with The Ringer: He would host the present AND play soccer.
“I do not suppose I would want to surrender soccer to do it,” Rodgers stated of internet hosting. “They movie 46 days a yr. I labored 187 this yr in Inexperienced Bay. That offers me 178 days to do ‘Jeopardy!’ So I really feel like I may match 46 into that 178 and make it work. It will be a dream job for positive, and I am not shy in any respect about saying I need the job. That is how I went into it. I need a possibility to be within the combine.”
Primarily based on that math, Rodgers would nonetheless get 132 days off per yr. It is most likely additionally price nothing that the quarterback’s fiancée, Shailene Woodley, is totally on board with him doubtlessly turning into the full-time host of the present.
The Packers quarterback is the fifth individual to visitor host “Jeopardy!” since former host Alex Trebek died in November. Apart from Rodgers, the present has additionally been hosted by Ken Jennings, Mike Richards (government producer of the present), Katie Couric and Dr. Oz.
“I really feel like I convey one thing totally different to the stage,” Rodger stated. “I am the youngest of any of the visitor hosts, I would be the youngest host of nearly any main recreation present.”
After Rodgers’ visitor stint is over, he’ll be adopted by Anderson Cooper, Savannah Guthrie, Mayim Bialik, “60 Minutes” correspondent Invoice Whitaker and Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN.
Rodgers is aware of precisely who can be internet hosting going ahead and he listed off a number of issues that set him other than the others.
“I convey an viewers from the NFL, and I really feel like I enchantment to nerdy individuals, too, as a result of I used to be a nerd in highschool and bought caught in that bizarre part of desirous to be a jock and an athlete and likewise actually caring about getting good grades,” Rodgers stated. “And on the identical time, there’s not many larger followers of the present than me. I have been watching it for years and years and years. I respect the present and admire the historical past of it, and likewise there’s my background of stepping in for a legend and their footsteps. I really feel like all that mixed makes me a fairly good candidate.”
If “Jeopardy!” producers requested him to retire from soccer, it does not sound like Rodgers could be keen to provide that up. Throughout an interview on Tuesday, the quarterback stated he nonetheless has a whole lot of “ardour and fireplace” for the sport.
“I nonetheless love enjoying, and I do not need to [give up playing football],” Rodgers stated on “Good Morning Soccer.” “There’s something fascinating about strolling away from the sport on the peak, you recognize. There’s been many gamers who’ve achieved that. I imply, certainly one of my favourite gamers rising up was Barry Sanders, and Barry rushed for over 1,000 yards in each certainly one of his seasons after which simply stated, ‘See ya.’ That is not what I need to do. I need to maintain enjoying, you recognize. I nonetheless have the fervour and the hearth, and this final season simply jogged my memory and I believe lots of people that I can nonetheless play and nonetheless play at a very, actually excessive stage, and I really feel like I can do that for quite a lot of years shifting ahead.”
Rodgers was extensively praised for his first day of internet hosting on Monday and the very best half might need been his response after a contestant took a shot at Packers coach Matt LaFleur close to the top of the present. Throughout Ultimate Jeopardy, one of many contestants did not know the reply, so he determined to ask a way more artistic query, “Who needed to kick that discipline aim?”
The contestant was referring to the sphere aim that LaFleur determined to kick with 2:05 left within the NFC Championship Sport whereas the Packers have been trailing by eight (the sphere aim minimize it to 5).
The most effective half is that Rodgers answered by taking a refined jab at his coach, “That is an excellent query.”
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