Aaron Rodgers was left ‘starstruck’ when he met Alex Trebek
Aaron Rodgers made an appearance on “Celebrity Jeopardy!” a few years ago, and the Green Bay Packers star admits even he was left “starstruck” when meeting the late Alex Trebek.
The iconic game show host passed away Sunday at the age of 80 after a courageous years-long battle with pancreatic cancer. Rodgers was among the countless people who mourned the legendary Trebek’s death this week.
During an interview this week with Matt Schneidman of The Athletic, Rodgers reflected upon his experience on “Jeopardy!” and how thrilling it was to meet Trebek.
Rodgers spoke about how Trebek was “very personable” and the host’s kind and respectful manner are the kind of things that makes a person, even a superstar like Rodgers, “feel important.”
The Packers signal-caller was a longtime fan of “Jeopardy!,” so getting the opportunity to actually be a contestant on the long-running quiz show was a humbling experience, one made that much more fantastic by having the opportunity to interact with Trebek.
“It’s safe to say I was starstruck. I was just telling one of our coaches today as we talked about it,” Rodgers told The Athletic. “It’s happened a few times in my life where I’ve been starstruck by somebody, and I understand maybe what that feels like to a lesser degree when somebody meets me, and that’s what I think gives me a good perspective with those interactions.
“I think to be starstruck, it has to be a combination of not just really having a connection to somebody deep and meaningful and nostalgic, but when you meet that person, they have the presence and the charisma that you kind of hoped they would, and he definitely did. I was so excited, trying to keep it together and act like it wasn’t the huge deal that it was to me on the inside.”
Rodgers outclassed “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. In dominating his “Jeopardy!” appearance all those years ago, Rodgers raised $50,000 for Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC Fund).
Trebek originally revealed his Stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis on March 6, 2019, but he 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.