Aaron Rodgers knows what he wants.
What he wants is to be the full-time "Jeopardy" host.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback made his broadcast debut on Monday as a guest host on the game show long hosted by the late Alex Trebek. His stint is a two-week run. He told the Pat McAfee Show on Monday that he'd like to eventually take the role on a full-time basis. He'd even go clean-shaven if he had to.
Rodgers: 'I would love to'
"If that was a pre-req to get the full-time gig, no problem with it at all," Rodgers said.
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) April 5, 2021
When asked to clarify if he was campaigning for the full-time job, Rodgers said this:
"I would love to be the host of 'Jeopardy,' yes," Rodgers said.
Plenty of competition for job
For now, Rodgers is one of a slate of scheduled guest hosts that includes a heavy dose of TV news anchors and experts including CNN's Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta and NBC's Savannah Guthrie. For now, "Jeopardy" hasn't named a full-time replacement for Trebek, who died died in November after a 37-year run as the face of the show.
Also, Rodgers has a job. At 37 years old, he may be on the back end of his NFL career. But he's also the reigning league MVP and doesn't appear to be on the verge of retirement any time soon — even if his long-term future with the Packers and in football remains "a beautiful mystery."
Would Rodgers quit football early to host 'Jeopardy?'
"My future — a lot of it is really out of my control," Rodgers said. "It is quite uncertain which direction things are going to go. All I can do is play my best. And I feel like last year I did do that — and may have thrown a wrench into some timelines that may have been thought about or desired."
For now, Rodgers' and "Jeopardy's" long-term plans remain unclear. But if he really wants to be the full-time host, would he have to shut down his football career sooner than expected? "Jeopardy's" not likely to sit around for a few more years deciding on Trebek's successor.
Rodgers told The Ringer "I don't think I’d need to give up football" to host "Jeopardy" if given the chance, since the show films 46 days a year — which sounds a lot like wishful thinking. Working another full-time gig doesn't seem compatible with being an NFL quarterback — even it's done on a compressed schedule.
For now, Rodgers will have to settle for the part-time gig that comes with contestants trolling him over last season's NFC championship loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — and the controversial game management decision made by his head coach Matt LaFleur.
The contestant to Aaron Rodgers 💀💀💀... and Rodgers agreed with him!! pic.twitter.com/ST5OZtbRms
— Harold R. Kuntz (@HaroldRKuntz3) April 5, 2021
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