How does the Green Bay Packers signal-caller prepare for his ‘Jeopardy!’ guest-hosting gig?
The way you’d probably expect Aaron Rodgers to prepare for any NFL game — the QB said he watched film and studied.
Instead of game tape, Rodgers said he watched hundreds of episodes from previous seasons to study.
“I watched hours and hours and hours of episodes,” Rodgers said in a phone interview Friday, per ESPN. “Luckily Netflix has a few seasons, and I went back to DVR. But I had to watch from a different perspective — from Alex’s perspective. I couldn’t watch it as a fan anymore.”
ESPN reports Rodgers impressed the show’s executives right from the start.
“I took pages and pages and pages of notes. I wrote down every affirmative that he said to any type of clue. I wrote down how he would respond if they didn’t get it right,” he said in the phone interview with ESPN. “I wrote down beat points of the show. I wrote down all the different ways he would take it to break. I wrote down the stuff that he said coming out of break. Literally, I studied for this like no other. I wanted to absolutely just crush it.”
He came prepared, and said the first practice session he could tell the execs that “they weren’t ready for me.”
“I know they didn’t expect what I was about to bring, but I was just so prepared,” Rodgers said. “I was so ready. So we get into the first game, the first run-through, there’s 30 questions in a Jeopardy round, and after the first 15 questions, we go to break. They say it in your earpiece, ‘Take it to break.’ So I take it to break, and there was a pause, and I think everyone was like, ‘Whoa, OK, this guy kind of knows what he’s doing here.'”
Rodgers said a head producer loved his approach, and he felt like he did right by the late game show host.
“One of the head producers said as much. She was like, ‘I’m just so appreciative of your approach.’ And my whole thing was I felt like the best way to honor Alex’s memory was to be so dialed in and so ready, and that’s the approach I took,” he said. “So I was ready to rock and roll.”
Rodgers said that as the host, he learned that he could see on his podium monitor what the contestants write for their Final Jeopardy questions — he said couldn’t say much else but mentioned he’s pretty sure it will end up going viral once it airs on Monday.
Rodgers said some of the best moments were hanging out with the crew on set — he said in the article that some had been there for most of their lives.
Rodgers appeared on “Celebrity Jeopardy!” in 2015, winning the game and securing $50,000 for charity.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback compared meeting former host Alex Trebek — who died in 2020 — to meeting other iconic TV personalities from his youth, including Pat Summerall and John Madden, the article details.
Some of the guest hosts will be considered for the permanent slot, but “Jeopardy!” will take its time, USA Today reports. It is not likely Rodgers will fill the permanent hosting role with his NFL career.
Rodgers’ episodes have been filmed and are set to air starting Monday.