Aaron Rodgers is arguably the best quarterback playing in the NFL right now. Sure, Patrick Mahomes is great and Tom Brady just won his seventh Super Bowl, but Rodgers has proven season in and season out that he’s an all-time great.
While he’s not ready to hang up his helmet just yet, the 37-year-old is interested in pursuing a job opportunity outside of the football field. In fact, following his guest-hosting gig on Jeopardy earlier this week, the Green Bay Packers quarterback revealed he wants to be considered to become the next full-time host.
Rodgers, who is scheduled to host the show 10 times in total, told the Pat McAfee Show on Monday, April 16 he wants the gig permanently. “I would love to be the host of ‘Jeopardy!’ yes,” he shared.
He then detailed to The Ringer how he would balance playing football and hosting the show, and it sounds like he has it all figured out.
“They film 46 days a year. I worked 187 this year in Green Bay. That gives me 178 days to do ‘Jeopardy!’ So I feel like I could fit 46 into that 178 and make it work,” he explained.
“It would be a dream job for sure, and I’m not shy at all about saying I want the job. That’s how I went into it. I want an opportunity to be in the mix.”
He continued, “I feel like I bring something different to the stage. I’m the youngest of any of the guest hosts, I’d be the youngest host of just about any major game show.”
Since former host Alex Trebeck’s passing in November, a number of celebrities have guest-hosted the show, including Katie Couric, former winner Ken Jennings, and Dr. Oz. In fact, Anderson Cooper, Savannah Guthrie, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta are just a few of the celebrities set to host the show after Rodgers’s stint wraps up.
While Jeopardy covers a wide range of topics, and thus interests a wide range of people, Rodgers believes he could help bring a new audience to the show.
“I bring an audience from the NFL, and I feel like I appeal to nerdy people, too, because I was a nerd in high school and got caught in that weird phase of wanting to be a jock and an athlete and also really caring about getting good grades,” he shared.
“And at the same time, there’s not many bigger fans of the show than me. I’ve been watching it for years and years and years. I respect the show and appreciate the history of it, and also there’s my background of stepping in for a legend and their footsteps. I feel like all that combined makes me a pretty good candidate.”
There’s no saying how many more seasons of football Rodgers has left in him, so it’s understandable he’s looking for something he could do with his time post-sports, right? While there are a lot of potential hosts for Jeopardy producers to consider, there’s no question Rodgers would be an interesting pick.
Would you want to see him as the next host of Jeopardy?