Aaron Rodgers says he'll be a guest host on 'Jeopardy!'
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will step into the shoes one of his idols growing up when he guest-hosts on "Jeopardy!"
Rodgers broke the news Tuesday on his weekly appearance on "The Pat McAfee Show" that he will be among guests temporarily filling in on game show hosting duties after the death of Alex Trebek on Nov. 8.
Ken Jennings, who has the most wins in "Jeopardy!" history, was the first to guest-host Monday. The last episode filmed with Trebek as the host aired Friday.
Rodgers is a self-described "humongous fan" of the game show and competed on "Celebrity Jeopardy!" in 2015. He was victorious over "Shark Tank's" Kevin O'Leary and retired astronaut Mark Kelly, winning $50,000 for Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer.
During his media call later in the afternoon with sports reporters, Rodgers was asked about the hosting gig.
"I'm really excited about it. We've been talking about it for a little bit. I think I may have jumped the gun a little bit so I apologize to 'Jeopardy!' if they wanted to announce it. I just got so excited on the (McAfee) show earlier," Rodgers said.
Plans were just finalized in the last few days, he said, and it will be taped during the offseason.
"Man, the show has been so special to me over the years. It's been a staple at my house here in Green Bay for the last 16 years — 6 o'clock, watching Alex and trying to get as many questions as I can," he said. "When the opportunity came up in 2015 that was a dream come true."
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Rodgers first watched "Jeopardy!" as a kid with his grandparents and said he feels a nostalgic connection to Trebek, not unlike growing up watching sportscasters Pat Summerall and John Madden.
"We all have so much love and affection I think for what he's meant to just that half-hour, that 22 minutes of our lives on a daily basis for those of us who are big fans of the show," Rodgers said. "So to be able to be a guest host is really, really special for me, and I can't wait for the opportunity."
But don't look for him to bring back the cardigan look he, um, rocked as a contestant. He joked about it on "The Pat McAfee Show," saying his "wardrobe outfit wasn't the greatest choice."
"Jeopardy!" announced Wednesday that Katie Couric, Bill Whitaker and Mayim Bialik will also host. As part of each host's appearance, a donation will be made to the charity of their choice. No dates have been announced.
Here are two clips from Rodgers' appearance on "Celebrity Jeopardy!" in 2015: