Aaron Rodgers prepped for ‘Jeopardy’ guest host stint by watching ‘game’ film
Filming of Aaron Rodgers’ guest-hosting stint on “Jeopardy!” is already in the can with episodes featuring the reigning NFL MVP slated to air starting on Monday. Now that the “Jeopardy!” superfan has fulfilled his dream duties, the Green Bay Packers quarterback has revealed how he prepped for the formidable challenge of filling the late Alex Trebek’s shoes.
It turns out Rodgers utilized the same formula that has led to him becoming a three-time NFL MVP and one of the greatest quarterbacks in league history: preparation, preparation and even more preparation.
“I watched hours and hours and hours of episodes,” Rodgers said in a phone interview Friday, per Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “Luckily Netflix has a few seasons, and I went back to DVR. But I had to watch from a different perspective — from Alex’s perspective. I couldn’t watch it as a fan anymore.
“I took pages and pages and pages of notes. I wrote down every affirmative that he said to any type of clue. I wrote down how he would respond if they didn’t get it right. I wrote down beat points of the show. I wrote down all the different ways he would take it to break. I wrote down the stuff that he said coming out of break. Literally, I studied for this like no other. I wanted to absolutely just crush it.”
It sounds like Rodgers’ was so well-prepped that he believes “Jeopardy!” executives “weren’t ready” for him.
“I know they didn’t expect what I was about to bring, but I was just so prepared,” Rodgers said. “I was so ready.”
Rodgers was no stranger to the “Jeopardy!” stage before his guest-hosting run, either, having appeared on an edition of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” in 2015. The Packers superstar dominated the competition in his appearance, too.
“Jeopardy!” has been cycling through a slate of guest hosts following the airings of the late Alex Trebek’s final batch of episodes in early January. Rodgers revealed in January how he was slated to serve as guest host, calling Trebek “one of my idols growing up.”
Trebek passed away at the age of 80 on Nov. 8, 2020 following a very public, harrowing and inspiring battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Given his affinity for “Jeopardy!” and admiration for Trebek, Rodgers was among the countless fans of the show who mourned the iconic game show host’s passing last year.