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Aaron Rodgers handed take a look at as ‘Jeopardy!’ visitor host, however is he able to go full time?

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

There isn’t any 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 happy with how the did in his new function.

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 stay 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 fallacious response in Last Jeopardy to everybody lacking a clue about his Packers in a sports activities class. 

He saved the present transferring via the board and related with the gamers. He provided enjoyable taste textual content when mandatory 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 yr. However as different older QBs leaving the sport corresponding to 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 possibility 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 yr’s value of latest “Jeopardy!” episodes, together with varied tournaments. Rodgers, ought to he hold taking part in for the Packers, would have a restricted window to get these exhibits in, and solely between the top of February via the center of July, at greatest.

Similar to it comes into play in analyzing QB play within the NFL, there’s 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 purpose to tune in each afternoon or night time.

Jennings was a superb opening act post-Trebek. Couric’s years of broadcast expertise confirmed in her spectacular run. Dr. Oz, similar to together with his different exhibits, was relatively 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 check Rodgers over the following few months. Added to the listing was Buzzy Cohen, one other former nice contestant whom Trebek referred to as “Mr. Persona” and can deal with internet hosting this yr’s Match of Champions.

Excluding Richards, the chief 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 liked Rodgers, guest-hosting additionally may be a welcome new regular for “Jeopardy!”, given how way more the present is giving to charity to honor Trebek within the final approach and bringing in additional informal followers to look at. It could be enjoyable to see extra NFL gamers {and professional} athletes taking turns on the lectern. OK, Rob Gronkowski may be bizarre, however Richard Sherman, Larry Fitzgerald and Ryan Fitzpatrick? Certain.

Would Rodgers rock full-time internet hosting “Jeopardy!”? In fact he would, however he is a kind of transcendent athletes who can do just about every little thing and something he needs as soon as his taking part in 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 finished earlier than. It was like being blown away by Romo within the CBS broadcast sales space for the primary time, getting into with restricted expectations.

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

However let’s hope Rodgers will be saved within the host rotation in some way for future exhibits. Now that we have seen him go and ace the brand new type of “Jeopardy!” take a look at, he is left us wanting extra.



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