GREEN BAY, Wis. – Aaron Rodgers returns to “Jeopardy!” Back. This time around, however, the Green Bay Packers quarterback is the host instead of a candidate.
He announced Tuesday that he had been asked to be a guest presenter for an episode of his favorite game show – one in which he appeared Celebrity edition of the show in 2015.
Rodgers, who is preparing for Saturday’s NFC playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams, first mentioned it on his weekly appearance on the Pat McAfee Show. He later apologized for posting the news.
A representative of “Jeopardy!” Declined to comment, saying no announcement had been made about future innkeepers.
“I may have jumped a little with the gun, so I apologize to ‘Jeopardy!’ if they wanted to announce it, “said Rodgers. “I was just so excited on the show. It’s only been going down in the last few days, we figured it out. It’s very exciting. It’s for the off-season. We’ll be even more excited when that opportunity gets a little closer. But man , the show has been special to me over the years.
“It’s been a staple in my house here in Green Bay for 16 years – 6am when I was watching Alex [Trebek] and try to get as many questions as possible. “
Trebek, the show’s longtime host, died of cancer on November 8, at the age of 80.
“When the opportunity arose [for ‘Celebrity Jeopardy!’] I mean, 2015 was a dream come true – it really was – to be there, “Rodgers said.” Meeting Alex was a very special moment and we are all obviously saddened by his death.
“There is this nostalgic connection to certain characters in our lives based on our childhood and the place we were and the times we had those memories. It makes these people feel almost like family, like You know them. “
Rodgers likened meeting Trebek to his first meeting with football speakers like Keith Jackson and Dan Fouts, who were broadcasting one of his college games in Cal, and Pat Summerall and John Madden when he got into the NFL.
“We all have so much love and affection, I guess for what [Trebek] meant for those half an hour, those 22 minutes of our daily lives for those of us who were big fans of the show, “said Rodgers.” So it is really something special for me to be able to be an innkeeper. and I can’t wait for the opportunity. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.