Aaron Rodgers passed test as ‘Jeopardy!’ guest host, but is he ready to go full time?

Aaron Rodgers is likely one of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks and smartest gamers total. When speaking to media across the league, he is been recognized for his calculated, composed method of talking.

There is no query Rodgers’ intelligence and personable nature have been main property throughout his profitable two-week run as visitor host on “Jeopardy!.” Rodgers as soon as excelled as a star competitor on the present and the Packers MVP quarterback would have made the late nice Alex Trebek much more pleased with how the did in his new position.

Like with the earlier fill-in hosts, Ken Jennings, Mike Richards, Katie Couric and Dr. Mehmet Oz, Rodgers was at first nervous welcoming the contestants and delivering the clues. That will come for anybody attempting to reside as much as the legacy of a beloved legend.

However as soon as Rodgers “R-E-L-A-X-E-D” a few episodes into his run, he discovered a cool, dry place on the lectern. He confirmed his good humorousness, from being trolled by a unsuitable response in Last Jeopardy to everybody lacking a clue about his Packers in a sports activities class. 

He stored the present shifting via the board and related with the gamers. He provided enjoyable taste textual content when vital and did not err in studying clues.

Rodgers took a football-like method, watching movie to organize for internet hosting”Jeopardy!” , and it confirmed in honoring a few of Trebek’s fashion whereas mixing in his personal. That is created the hardest query of all of them: Ought to Rodgers be a candidate for full-time internet hosting duties?

At 37 and arguably coming off his greatest Packers season in his Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame profession, nobody is suggesting Rodgers will surrender his NFL day job for “Jeopardy!” this 12 months. However as different older QBs leaving the sport resembling Peyton Manning, Tony Romo and Drew Brees discover varied post-playing tv gigs associated to soccer, Rodgers has proved he already ought to get a chance to be extra of a renaissance retiree headed for normal daytime TV, a la Michael Strahan.

When Trebek was internet hosting the present, he dedicated round 50 days to taping a 12 months’s value of latest “Jeopardy!” episodes, together with varied tournaments. Rodgers, ought to he maintain enjoying for the Packers, would have a restricted window to get these reveals in, and solely between the tip of February via the center of July, at greatest.

Similar to it comes into play in analyzing QB play within the NFL, there may be some recency bias at work. Rodgers has been nice and for die-hard NFL followers who love “Jeopardy!” simply as a lot, he is introduced an excellent better motive to tune in each afternoon or evening.

Jennings was a positive opening act post-Trebek. Couric’s years of broadcast expertise confirmed in her spectacular run. Dr. Oz, similar to together with his different reveals, was moderately underwhelming. However with Anderson Cooper, Mayam Bialik, Savannah Guthrie, Invoice Whitaker and Dr. Sanjay Gupta nonetheless but to visitor host, there might be a number of TV heavy-hitters to whom to match Rodgers over the subsequent few months. Added to the record was Buzzy Cohen, one other former nice contestant whom Trebek referred to as “Mr. Character” and can deal with internet hosting this 12 months’s Event of Champions.

Except for Richards, the manager producer of “Jeopardy!”, Couric will get the slight nod as one of the best thus far, and to Rodgers’ credit score, he was on par with the “Jeopardy!” GOAT, Jennings. Of the remainder, anticipate Cooper and Bialik to face out.

The underside line is, regardless of how a lot we beloved Rodgers, guest-hosting additionally could be a welcome new regular for “Jeopardy!”, given how way more the present is giving to charity to honor Trebek within the final means and bringing in additional informal followers to observe. It will be enjoyable to see extra NFL gamers {and professional} athletes taking turns on the lectern. OK, Rob Gronkowski could be bizarre, however Richard Sherman, Larry Fitzgerald and Ryan Fitzpatrick? Positive.

Would Rodgers rock full-time internet hosting “Jeopardy!”? In fact he would, however he is a type of transcendent athletes who can do just about every thing and something he needs as soon as his enjoying days are over, whether or not he is in Inexperienced Bay, L.A. or again in Northern California.

Doing a double-check on Rodgers’ episodes, it was spectacular how he made a seamless transition into one thing he by no means had carried out earlier than. It was like being blown away by Romo within the CBS broadcast sales space for the primary time, entering into with restricted expectations.

Like a lot of the “Jeopardy!” viewers, Richards could be down with Rodgers internet hosting extra and beloved the job he did. Anticipating Rodgers to be Trebek’s successor, nonetheless, is a giant ask, and it is a large resolution that is probably not made with the present format being embraced.

However let’s hope Rodgers will be stored within the host rotation by some means for future reveals. Now that we have seen him cross and ace the brand new sort of “Jeopardy!” check, he is left us wanting extra.



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