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Speaking on NFL Network Tuesday morning, Aaron Rodgers revealed how seriously he’d take an offer to host Jeopardy! full-time. Rodgers says that he’d like to host and continue to play QB at the same time.
As Ian Rapoport points out, Rodgers isn’t joking, it’s a possibility:
Amazing that this is not a joke and absolutely possible. https://t.co/YACa174qqU
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 6, 2021
No one can replace Alex Trebek. He’s a legend, but there may not be a better successor to him than Rodgers. Forget his talent on the field — which is on a level all its own — Rodgers is incredibly witty on camera and was fantastic last night as guest host.
Rodgers’ unique, unpredictable personality is made for TV. Though he’s likely too rich and famous to want to work an NFL studio role, Jeopardy! is a different discussion.
Rodgers could both host Jeopardy! and play QB. He could tape weeks, maybe months’ worth of episodes in a few days. It doesn’t have to be either/or.
Plus, who knows how much longer Rodgers will play in the NFL. Though he just won MVP and is still the best QB in the game, he is 37. Few retirement plans are as solid as hosting Jeopardy!.
Jason Martin thinks Jeopardy! is actually a better gig than playing QB. He makes a strong case, too:
Not kidding, if they offer me Jeopardy hosting job and I'm @AaronRodgers12 – obsessed with it like he is – I walk away from the NFL. Why take a hit, potentially fail to win another SB, and this: 32 starting QBs at any given time, only ONE host. Plus Trebek NEVER aged in that job.
— Jason Martin (@JMartRadio) April 6, 2021
ABC, which holds Jeopardy!‘s syndication rights, has to decide on a replacement with producer Sony Television and distributor CBS Television, and of course, Aaron Rodgers should receive strong consideration.
The Los Angeles Times reported late last year that Katie Couric, MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki, actress Mayim Bialik, and executive producer Mike Richards were getting looks. Okay, fine. They aren’t Aaron Rodgers.
Kornacki is great on the touch board. Same with Ken Jennings, there’s a lot to like. He’s not Aaron Rodgers.
I’m rooting for Aaron Rodgers to get the job. Jeopardy! fans should too.