One-time ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant Aaron Rodgers mourns Alex Trebek’s death
Aaron Rodgers was among the countless people left mourning the death of Alex Trebek after the iconic game show host passed away Sunday at the age of 80.
Like many others, Rodgers noted how his weekday routine will be forever changed without Trebek’s reliable appearance on his television in the late afternoon/early evening, as the host has hosted “Jeopardy!” for an astounding 37 years.
6p weeknights will never be the same. So many great memories and thankful to have met him https://t.co/W6TLqJy2Ug— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) November 8, 2020
The Green Bay Packers quarterback actually had a personal connection to the legendary “Jeopardy!” host having been a contestant on a celebrity version of the quiz show.
Rodgers joined “Shark Tank” star Kevin O’Leary and former astronaut and current Senator-elect for Arizona Mark Kelly on a 2015 episode of the long-running show.
The two-time NFL MVP dominated in his “Jeopardy!” appearance all those years ago, and in doing so raised $50,000 for Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC Fund). Rodgers went on to say he “had a blast” fulfilling one of his lifelong dreams of appearing on the beloved quiz show.
No cause of death has been provided at this point, but Trebek had been fighting a very public, painful and inspiring battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He announced the diagnosis on March 6, 2019, but continued his work on “Jeopardy!” with grace, dignity and courage.
Trebek is survived by second wife, Jean, and children Matthew, Emily and Nicky. The final “Jeopardy!” episode Trebek hosted will air on Christmas Day.