- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 13, 2021

In the category of NFL quarterbacks for 500: This quarterback will be a guest host on “Jeopardy!” this offseason.

Who is Aaron Rodgers?

The Green Bay Packers quarterback announced the news Tuesday on the “The Pat McAfee Show” that he would serve as a guest host, returning to the show after winning a game of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” in 2015. For that win, he earned $50,000 to donate to the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Fund.

“I’m really excited about it. We’ve been talking about it for a little bit,” Rodgers said Tuesday (via Packers.com.) “I think I may have jumped the gun a little bit so I apologize to ‘Jeopardy!’ if they wanted to announce it, I just got so excited on the show earlier. It just went down the last couple of days, us figuring it out. It is very exciting, it’s for the offseason, we’ll be even more excited when that opportunity gets a little closer.”

Longtime host Alex Trebek died of cancer in November, and the game show is using a series of guest hosts on a temporary basis.

“The show has been so special to me over the years,” Rodgers said. “It’s been a staple at my house here in Green Bay for the last 16 years — 6 o’clock watching Alex and trying to get as many questions as I can. When the opportunity came up in 2015, I mean, that was a dream come true, it really was, to be on there. To get to meet Alex was just such a special moment, and we’re all obviously sad about his passing. I’ve said it before I think when he passed, but there’s this nostalgic connection to certain figures in our life based on our childhood and where we were at and the times we had those memories, it almost makes these people feel like family, like you know them.”

• Andy Kostka can be reached at akostka@washingtontimes.com.

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