Aaron Rodgers loves ‘Jeopardy!’ and desires to succeed Trebek

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When Inexperienced Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers begins his two-week stint as visitor host of “Jeopardy!” on Monday, consider it as an audition. The Tremendous Bowl MVP has been a fan of the sport present since childhood and a “Celeb Jeopardy!” winner in 2015.

He informed The Instances in an interview Friday that if viewers and producers like what they see, he can be completely satisfied to make it his subsequent profession. Rodgers, 37, spent hours learning the strategy of the present’s late, legendary host Alex Trebek, who died in November from pancreatic most cancers.

He has been studying Trebek’s memoir as nicely.

“I simply needed to essentially do proper by his reminiscence,” Rodgers mentioned.

“Jeopardy!” will match the cumulative winnings of all of the contestants competing throughout Rodgers’ weeks as host for a donation to the North Valley Group Basis in Chico, the NFL star’s hometown. He shared some ideas on how he ready for his visitor stint and what followers can count on.

NFL gamers are usually excellent performers in commercials and as hosts on “Saturday Night time Stay.” What’s it that makes them so pure in entrance of the digicam?

After I take into consideration “Saturday Night time Stay” and soccer gamers, I take into consideration Peyton Manning. I feel he was completely improbable on there. And I take into consideration his business life; he was capable of play a funnier, extra sarcastic model of himself. He additionally hosted the ESPY Awards and did an awesome job.

What makes guys like him and myself good might be the method. For me, once I do a business with State Farm, or get able to host “Jeopardy!,” the preparation that I put in is very like the preparation I put in for a recreation plan, as a result of we wish to achieve success. I do know just a few tales about Peyton on the point of host the ESPYs. He had a loopy method to it, in the way in which that he rehearsed. He needed it to be simply excellent.

After I obtained able to host “Jeopardy!” I watched hours and hours and hours of previous episodes from a brand new perspective. Not as a participant, attempting to reply questions, however as a bunch. So I actually watched and took notes on how Alex went about his course of, and all of the beats of the present. What was the order of issues? What appeared to circulation? What did I like as a viewer about how he launched the classes within the recreation? How did I like the way in which he went concerning the interviews? What made these attention-grabbing, humorous and particular? I simply watched all these beat factors and actually studied the heck out of him.

It’s like watching recreation tape.

It undoubtedly was. The identical focus that it takes to achieve success on the sphere, I imagine, is similar focus it takes to achieve success at alternatives like this. I used to be taking copious notes on every part Alex mentioned.

One in every of Alex Trebek’s abilities as a bunch was having the ability to tape the present in virtually actual time with only a few stops. How did you do?

The primary day was undoubtedly a little bit longer. The second day I used to be informed that it was the primary time we had been on ‘Alex time,’ that means we had been forward of schedule.

Aaron Rodgers in uniform points to the sky

Aaron Rodgers gestures to followers after an NFL divisional playoff in opposition to the L.A. Rams on Jan. 16 in Inexperienced Bay, Wis.

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Technique to go.

Sure, that was as huge a thrill as something. I feel what you be taught being on the present is what number of pickups [minor film reshoots] that really are carried out. They wish to make it possible for each clue is learn and enunciated nicely. I observed that once I was on the present as a contestant as nicely. They will make it look and sound as nice as potential, and so they have the chance to do this via post-game pickups or throwing it to a (business) break.

Once we obtained into the second day, we had been getting over fewer and fewer of these. However it’s a lot. You’re actually taking all 305 clues to learn and also you’ve obtained one night time to form of examine them and work out the circulation, enunciation and the pause factors on them. I felt I did quite a bit higher as we obtained into the video games.

Inform me about your reminiscences of watching “Jeopardy!” whenever you had been rising up.

We used to do per week at my grandmother’s home. All of the grandkids would get per week within the summertime. Throughout that point they’d a behavior of watching “Jeopardy!” after dinner.

And the place was this?

Ukiah, Calif., which is in Mendocino County. We might watch it at night time and I at all times loved it. I don’t watch a ton of TV. Sports activities and “Jeopardy!” are the primary issues that I watch. As soon as I obtained to Inexperienced Bay, it grew to become a nightly routine. So during the last 16 years, it’s gone on at 6 o’clock on Fox 11. Whether or not I’m watching it reside or taping it. I’ve seen a majority of the episodes over that point.

What are your strongest classes?

I might say something clearly with sports activities. After I went on the present as a contestant, they requested me to call three classes that I favored. I feel I mentioned, sports activities, the Bible — rising up in a Christian residence I believed it could give me a bonus — and historical past. I used to be a historical past main in school. Those I wrestle with — and I laughed about it once I was host — are something on literature, particularly from the nineteenth century or earlier. And the theater, like every sort of operas, particularly a few of the extra historical ones. The top writers actually at all times like to have a literature class, so the primary day we obtained the clues, I used to be laughing once I was seeing that there have been literature classes all around the first day of taping.

Have there been any discussions about you taking the host job on full time? Is that this one thing you’re excited about?

It’s undoubtedly a dream job for me. They movie 46 days a 12 months. I labored about six months out of the 12 months this final 12 months. I labored 187 days this 12 months in Inexperienced Bay, which supplies me one other 178 or 179 days to movie 46 episodes. So look, it’s undoubtedly a dream job for me. It was a dream to have the ability to be on it and to host. If the reveals prove nicely and there’s some momentum, I’d be honored to be within the combine to take the job for positive.

So that you’re ?

Yeah, undoubtedly.

You’re a “Jeopardy!” champion. If you happen to had been to face off in opposition to different NFL gamers within the recreation, who can be your hardest rivals?

I’ve been requested that query earlier than, and I mentioned Ryan Fitzpatrick. Quarterback. Been within the league endlessly. Sensible man. One in every of my former teammates, one other Ivy Leaguer who’s president of the NFL Gamers Affiliation, is J.C. Tretter, who went to Cornell. He’s additionally actually sensible.

One man I might like to beat — love, love, like to beat — is considered one of my former teammates now, Corey Linsley. Corey, who has been our heart for plenty of years, simply signed with the L.A. Chargers. Corey is actually sensible. There isn’t a one I might wish to beat extra if we had been each contestants than Corey Linsley.

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