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.
“If that was a pre-req to get the full-time gig, no problem with it at all,” Rodgers said.
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.
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.“
Rodgers told McAfee Monday that “things haven’t really changed” with his status in Green Bay, which selected his apparent successor Jordan Love in the first round of last year’s draft.
“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’s and “Jeopardy’s” long-term plans remain unclear. But if he really wants to be the full-time host, Rodgers would probably 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.
In the meantime, Rodgers will have to settle for the part-time job 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.
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