Would Aaron Rodgers retire from football to host Jeopardy?

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Aaron Rodgers is extremely smart. Aaron Rodgers is extremely self-aware. And Aaron Rodgers is extremely strategic.

He would not have done a pre-airing victory lap regarding his two-week stint as a Jeopardy (I know there’s an exclamation point; I choose not to use it) guest host, touting the extent to which he crushed the assignment, if he didn’t realize to his core that he, indeed, crushed the assignment.

Surely, the powers-that-be are eyeballing the various guests hosts as potential permanent hosts. If Rodgers did what he appears to have done (we’ll find out Monday for sure) as the guest host of the show, what happens if they offer him the full-time gig?

The possibility undoubtedly has crossed his mind. And who would fault him for walking away from a job that has a handful of remaining years for something that he could do for 20, 30, 40 years or more, at eight-figure annual salaries? With Rodgers repeatedly making it clear that he has no interest in becoming an NFL analyst after his football career ends, the best path to big money post-playing would come from pouncing on an opportunity like Jeopardy, even if the timing isn’t entirely perfect.

For Rodgers, the problem is that the window may only ever open once. Whoever gets the job may hold the job for so long that Rodgers never gets another chance.

It’s no accident or coincidence that Rodgers has made the rounds in recent days to hype his appearance. Apart from being extremely smart, self-aware, and strategic, he’s intensely competitive. With Dr. Mehmet Oz handling the two weeks before Rodgers, Rodgers wants the ratings to spike once he takes over — and they will.

Rodgers also is a master of sending messages to his current employer while also retaining the ability to say, “I’m not sending any messages.” And there’s definitely a message for Packers CEO Mark Murphy in Rodgers’ belief that he nailed it on Jeopardy.

Count Murphy among the millions who’ll tune in next week, with an eye toward analyzing every word, movement, and facial expression from Rodgers in order to assess whether he truly has the chops to win the ultimate Jeopardy prize — an off-ramp from football that gives Rodgers a major platform (and the millions of dollars that will go along with it) for decades to come.

106 responses to “Would Aaron Rodgers retire from football to host Jeopardy?

  1. He should do it but first needs to get rid of that cancel culture C-list actress fiancé.

  2. He might have a shot, jennings was ok, but everyone else was terrible. ARod may end up winning the job.

  3. I’m sick of reading about Aaron Rodgers. He’s dating, Olivia, he’s not. He’s dating Danica, he’s not, now he’s engaged. He’s unhappy with the coach now he loves the coach. He needs to be the highest paid QB, until he’s not. When he’s not the highest paid, he wants more. He complains team is not good enough, perhaps take less money. Stay away from the mic.

  4. That would be a big “shove it” to the Packers management team for not getting him any help on the offensive side of the field and then drafting his replacement in the first round.

    He should jump at the chance if it is offered. Look what Strahan is doing post football, making an incredible amount of money without the aches and pains.

  5. If i had the packer defense who has finished dead last 8 of the past 10 seasons i would!

    👌🤯

  6. There’s so much more to this guy than sports. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit. The depth of his preparation for this privilege may have been his audition. Kudos.

  7. Rodgers can do lots of things we don’t even know about. Unlimited potential, and he’ll have every opportunity thrown his way. If you think Tony Romo has value, you haven’t seen anything.

  8. Aaron Rodgers is extremely self-aware
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    I could not disagree more. I don’t think Rodgers has any clue how much his is disliked by most people.

  9. golforepar says:
    April 3, 2021 at 6:37 pm
    Why retire “the wheel” doesn’t pay as much as he’s making now!
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    46 days of taping each year with 5 shows done each day. Make between $10-$18 million for that work… yeah, stay with football.

  10. I’m sure Aaron prepared well and will do an very good job with his hosting duties, but with no real background or formal education in entertainment or communications, it would be difficult task.

    There are a lot more guest hosts who’ve already taped their segments coming up.
    A lot of different voices and personalities to choose from, if they’re so inclined.

    Personally, I believe this is all just window dressing and a ratings grab anyway, I think it’s a foregone conclusion that Jeopardy producer, Mike Richards, will eventually take over Alex’s mantle.

    Still, it makes you wonder, it’s a far better gig than dodging 300 lb linemen, while freezing your ass off in December and January.
    I know a number of fans from the NFC North would be tickled pink over this kind of news.
    They’ve been whining and praying for Rodgers demise over the last several years.
    You read it on virtually every Packers’ news story on this site. 😉

  11. While there have been complaints about Dr. Oz, at least he knows what to do and is more than just a competent host versus very the field we’ve seen to date. I thought with all the hate he’d be a train wreck, but was pleasantly surprised. Aaron? He needs to have personality and seriousness all wrapped up in the package without being stiff. We liked Alex because he was comfortable in his skin, seasoned on TV for 55 years and knew what to do on stage.

  12. While I’m sure Rodgers will do well, LeVar Burton is the only correct answer here.

  13. Ken Jennings was the designated choice all along. The celebrity hosts are just a ratings ploy. Rodgers is just using it to play the manipulative game he plays – in an effort to gain the upper hand.

  14. I would retire too if i has a 32.5 passer rating in my last game vs. The bucs.

  15. Rodgers is the least self aware player, what are you talking about?

    And there’s no chance he gives up football for Jeopardy. He’ll make more in the remaining football years then hosting Jeopardy the next 20 years

  16. I think he should do it. That way the Packers Organization and fans can be trapped in a new magik man hell and with no franchise QB for years. The new Don Majkowski aka Jordan Jove.

  17. I don’t think Rodgers would command $10M a year as Jeopardy! host, even though that is what Alex was earning. Alex provided long-term ratings and stability to earn that much after years of hosting. I don’t believe a first contract would pay more than half that. Pretty big earnings hit, when he is lined up for $25M a year for 3 more years.

    If he thinks he has enough $ saved now, maybe he would take it. But the break even financially is years in the future.

  18. A lot of articles about a player who’s only great accomplishment was a decade ago.

  19. I hope so. I hate both Rodgers and Jeopardy, so it’s a win/win for me.

  20. He should set his own mark. Think big. Don’t ride on Alex coattails. Bring back Hollywood squares. Be a legend – not a substitute.

    Regards,

    Tony

  21. He could probably take the job and still win the Norris by week 10. Have you seen the rest of that division?

  22. Aaron Rodgers is too big for syndicated TV. And if you don’t believe me, just ask Aaron Rodgers.

  23. ariani1985 says:
    April 3, 2021 at 7:05 pm
    I would retire too if i has a 32.5 passer rating in my last game vs. The bucs.

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    Rodgers had a 101 passer rating to Brady’s 73. Rodgers clearly outplayed Brady who threw 3 picks.

  24. markwri says: “I’m sick of reading about Aaron Rodgers… Blah blah blah… Stay away from the mic.”
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    You do know you have a CHOICE to skip articles, right?

    It’s weird. I don’t like knitting, but I certainly wouldn’t obsessively visit every knitting website just to post comments that I don’t like knitting…

  25. In spite of what Aaron Rodgers knows not everyone knows who the heck Aaron Rodgers is.

  26. Can’t believe everyone is so focused on how much money he can make. Dude has enough money already for 100 lifetimes. Maybe he thinks he will love the Jeopardy job and can do it for 20 years. Or maybe he loves football so much that he will play as long as possible. Or maybe he loves both and will be lucky enough to have to choose. I know it is the US and all, but it isn’t all about money.

  27. For $200.00 Known as the male equivalent of a Brides Maid in professional Sport…….

  28. cheeseisfattening says:
    April 3, 2021 at 6:53 pm
    I could not disagree more. I don’t think Rodgers has any clue how much his is disliked by most people.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    You are laughingly and cluelessly a member of your own club. I think I’d seek help if I needlessly hated as much as you do, for no reason. You have no clue who Rodgers is or what he’s about, other than kicking the ass of the team of your choice year after year after year. You hate for entertainment, which is sadder still.

  29. Best case scenario- retires from football for hosting duties on Jeopardy. Three years later it’s canceled.

  30. markwri says: “I’m sick of reading about Aaron Rodgers.”

    Then why click a story about Aaron Rodgers, and then read said story?

    I just ignore content I’m not interested in instead of complaining about content I’m not interested in…like an adult. 😉

  31. I give Rodgers a ton of credit for doing this. It takes a lot of guts for someone to leave their comfort zone in such a public way. I’m sure he did a good job when he taped the shows. I know I’ll be watching and I wish him the best.

  32. iliketurtles says:
    April 3, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    Dear god please happen.
    *******
    Yeah…..I don’t blame you.
    If I were a Minnesota Viking fan I’d probably be praying for the same thing.

  33. My impresion of AR is that he is a wall flower. He doesn’t have the personality for TV.

  34. Kenny Williams says:
    That would be a big “shove it” to the Packers management team for not getting him any help on the offensive side of the field and then drafting his replacement in the first round.
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    You mean the way they never got any offensive help for Brett Favre in the second half of his career, then drafted his replacement — Aaron Rodgers — in the first round?
    I guess it’s one thing when you’re the new guy that’s drafted to eventually replace the old guy, but apparently it’s an outrage when the same thing happens to you?
    Hypocrites.

  35. If memory serves correct, they tape a lot of these game shows for an entire season over about a month’s time (even less for Wheel of Fortune) – I’m not so sure Rodgers couldn’t do both. However, it is entertaining watching the cheeses get all defensive about it.

  36. Yup. That would be a far better alternative than flipping hamburgers. I doubt that he would retire soon. He just won MVP and he obviously wants another Super Bowl ring. If the Packers get rid of him (doubtful) or if he becomes a free agent after his contract expires, he can certainly hook up with a team with a strong D and good receivers and make another run at the Super Bowl. a team like the Colts, Bears or Saints would love to sigh him. Would the Packers release him and allow the Bears to sign him off waivers? If they franchise tag him, that would not be a ad deal either. Anything can happen.

  37. I would retire too if i has a 32.5 passer rating in my last game vs. The bucs.

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    Rodgers had a 101 passer rating to Brady’s 73. Rodgers clearly outplayed Brady who threw 3 picks.
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    Don’t bother, dude just desperately needs attention….to the point where he intentionally posts false facts just to see if anyone will respond. It’s pretty sad.

  38. My impresion of AR is that he is a wall flower. He doesn’t have the personality for TV.
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    Then you really haven’t been paying attention.

  39. I’m sick of reading about Aaron Rodgers.
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    All you gotta do is not click my man…

  40. mlhigh77 says:
    April 3, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Aaron Rodgers. Future NFL Hall of Fame qb to game show host. I dont see it.

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    That’s understandable… No one saw future HOFers Merlin Olsen & Dick Butkus as TV stars with their own shows either.

  41. I honestly dont get all the hate. The dude loves the show, even crushed it on his celebrity Jeopardy! appearance. He worked hard to make the most of his chance to host, and hes excited about it. He says hes proud of how he prepared, and he gets ridiculed for it?

    He got his shot, worked his tail off, and made the most of it. If he gets a ton of ratings and people like it, he should consider it. Even his fiance said he wants to host Jeopardy! I love watching him play, but if this is his shot, I say take it. First-ballot HOF’er and Jeopardy! host for 30 years? That’s a heck of a life.

  42. I get it that you may not like the Packers but I find Rodgers to be a refreshing change to some of the personalities in the NFL today. He always seems like he’s having fun. I think he’d make a good Jeopardy host and why not? Mike Reid left football for his music career and it worked out pretty good for him. Still, I think Rodgers still has some tread left on the tires and is still playing at a high level. Too bad team ownership can’t surround him with talented players. Instead they trade up to draft a QB to sit on the bench for the next few years. What’ll they do this year….trade up to draft a punter in the first round? To me, you have a once-in-a-lifetime QB (and they’ve been fortunate to have had two–Favre being the other) and they draft for the future instead of winning now? I don’t get it. Then you have a coach who plays not to lose. They have squandered many of his good years with marginal talent. Once he’s gone they may go back to what they were before Favre took over–kinda like where the Bears are now. They could call the Bears-Packers games the loser bowl.

  43. why not do both. We all know the Packers season ends in january. 46 days work in Febuary & March. no problem

  44. Who would care? A quarterback on the back side of his career quits a year or two before he is laughed out of the league. Big deal. I was kind of hoping the packers traded Rodgers to build future success. I wouldn’t hesitate to deal Rodgers somewhere for some picks and a player or two. It makes perfect sense. Keeping Rodgers until he retires is foolish in today’s nfl.

  45. Leaving the Packers to host jeopardy is every Vikings fan’s dream. Please make it happen.

  46. It’s honestly fascinating to watch people hate on a football player for wanting to do anything other than attack and maim. If Rodgers wanted to quit to do MMA, these meatheads would applaud it. I mean, assuming he had only shown similar meathead qualities throughout the year to seem like a sincere enough meathead. I think the guy comes off as arrogant sometimes, but jeez, is that worse than like, being a perv to 40 different massage therapists? The comments sections would suggest it is.

  47. ah they did this with “Price Is Right”. Be a lot of great candidates but will pick the right one.

    Baylor balled out and UCLA not going away up one with 4:41

  48. Now this is really a harebrained proposition from the get-go. Rodgers is as competitive a guy as there is — as host/MC of jeopardy, he is watching the competition from the sidelines. It might be fun for a day or a week but there is no way this will become Aaron’s next career move.

  49. If i had the packer defense who has finished dead last 8 of the past 10 seasons i would!

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    Get your facts straight, I believe you’re talking about the Vikings!!

  50. April 3, 2021 at 7:36 pm
    ariani1985 says:
    April 3, 2021 at 7:05 pm
    I would retire too if i has a 32.5 passer rating in my last game vs. The bucs.

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    Rodgers had a 101 passer rating to Brady’s 73. Rodgers clearly outplayed Brady who threw 3 picks.
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    Thetere is somethings Called situational football. Touchdowns and passer rating don’t measure that. Brady recovered and completed offensive drive when needed. Rodgers needed two scores and could not . Anything else is just noise

  51. As a Vikings fan, I hope so. Let’s get the Jordan Love era underway!

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    Be careful what you wish for.

  52. Given Rodgers’ performance in NFC championship games, this seems like a good career change for him.

  53. ghjjf says:

    A lot of articles about a player who’s only great accomplishment was a decade ago
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    The guy won the league mvp 2 months ago. Lol.

  54. He should pull an Andrew Luck and wait until right before the season starts to retire. It was hilarious when Andy did it.

  55. Rodgers has always been a me first selfish prick, he’ll never win another SB because he will never have the supporting cast necessary. Let him go and build a defense with the savings

  56. I’ll wait and evaluate Aaron Rodgers, but at the moment the “producer” of the show Mike Richards I think has been the best, followed by Jennings

  57. For $600, who is the most passive aggressive quarterback in the National Football League?

    Answer: Aaron Rodgers

    Rodgers is a terrific QB…I love watching him play, but his constant passive aggressive attitude is such a turn off.

  58. Jeopardy is outdated – get rid of it or change it – as to Rodgers , me being from Detroit, he has slaughtered the Lions, and that’s a good thing, I hope he plays 10 more years

  59. He should wait till he has six more rings like Brady. Let’s see, started in 2008. This is his 14th year in the league. At that pace, should only take 84 more years. He’d be about 121 years old.

  60. Thetere is somethings Called situational football. Touchdowns and passer rating don’t measure that. Brady recovered and completed offensive drive when needed. Rodgers needed two scores and could not . Anything else is just

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    Brady was trash in the 2nd half after being gifted 14 points. Bucs defense won that game.

  61. What sense of accomplishment is it for an extreme competitor like Rodgers to introduce nerds, read clues and announce commercial breaks? He’d be bored out of his mind in one season.

  62. If he retires from the Packers, they can always get his stand in from the state farm ads to be qb, couldn’t be any worse than what they have behind Rodgers.

  63. it’s a better fit for him. you can retape a horrible mistake in final jeopardy, but not short-arming it into the dirt inside the red zone in 4th quarter of a conference tile game – again.

  64. He nearly became a lawyer over football player. People love to say he acts like he’s the smartest person in the room and the truth is he likely is. He’s not hanging out with intellectuals, scientists, or people with multiple post graduate degrees.

    The other thing about intelligence people don’t or choose not to understand is it doesn’t translate universally. Many PHD holders probably can’t break down a defense the way many people Rodgers encounters daily can.

  65. As long as the producers promise Aaron that they will keep him in for final Jeopardy I’d imagine he’d be interested. I’m sure he’s a little frustrated that at the biggest point in the season his coach chose to take the game out of his MVP hands and put it on the D.

  66. stellarperformance says:
    April 3, 2021 at 6:43 pm
    There’s so much more to this guy than sports. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit. The depth of his preparation for this privilege may have been his audition. Kudos.

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    Maybe if he would have “depth of perception” and studied film he would have the “privilage” of playing in a Super Bowl the past couple of seasons. These side hustles should be saved until after retirement. Enjoy it Packers fans A A Rons last year as a Packer.

  67. Thetruthspeaks says:
    April 3, 2021 at 7:36 pm
    ariani1985 says:
    April 3, 2021 at 7:05 pm
    I would retire too if i has a 32.5 passer rating in my last game vs. The bucs.

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    Rodgers had a 101 passer rating to Brady’s 73. Rodgers clearly outplayed Brady who threw 3 picks.

    ____________________

    Did Rodgers win the game? Its not Brady’s fault the Green Bay offense did nothing with three turnovers. The only Stat that wins games is the final score. Sit down pal.

  68. Immediately. Since I loathe both him and the fake game show, they are made for each other.

  69. Jeopardy is a tv show so what makes anybody believe it will still be around for five or more years,all it will take for Jeopardy to get cancelled is if sponsors lose money on it or get disinterested and pull out.its a business decision and a gamble but he certainly can get along rather well in his post football life with his amassed fortune.

  70. 30 years at 30-40 million a year from ABC he’d be crazy not to. He would quickly become the face of the network and it would open up so much at ABC…..

  71. “Why retire “the wheel” doesn’t pay as much as he’s making now!” —- Let’s see…risk of injury: 0%. Hours required annually to invest to be hugely successful: NFL: too many to count. Jeopardy: about 50 days per year, maybe 10 hours each. As far as money goes, Rodgers has made many millions. Maybe he’s not so focused on cash flow.

  72. Hope ARod’s Jeopardy appearance is better than is one on The Office…that was painful

  73. Brady was trash in the 2nd half after being gifted 14 points. Bucs defense won that game.
    ==========

    The two Bucs tds before and after the half decided that game.

    The Bucs D was getting dragged around all night. Rodgers had completed 75% of his passes for well over 300 yards deep into the 4th Q.

  74. Granted, there is NO ONE one earth who could replace Alex Trebek, but Rodgers comes off as a phony…to me, anyway. Trebek was genuine. Maybe I’ll change my mind after I see if he has any hosting skills.

  75. Rodgers has a pretty chilly, sometimes awkward demeanor. Even when there’s a script to set him up for laughter or warmth, as in the State Farm commercials, he comes off looking pretty cold.

    I can’t imagine him being a natural for this.

    And he clearly does want it badly, as do most guys who think of themselves as the smartest guy in whatever room they’re in. But smartest-guy-in-the-room status is not enough to be a good Jeopardy host.

  76. The Packers have been looking for a way to gracefully move on from Rodgers since last year’s draft. If he wants to retire to become a game-show host, they would celebrate.

  77. I wonder if anyone has considered crossing over the two? The NFL has been around since 1920, they would have no shortage of categories for an NFL Jeopardy. They could have it on five nights a week on the NFL Network, have a big name player like Rodgers as the host. There’s plenty of us nerds that play NFL quizzes on sites like Sporcle that can keep it competitive.

  78. Really Rodgers doesn’t have anything left to prove outside of maybe getting one more Lombardi trophy for his legacy. Even at that, he still doesn’t have anything to really prove because he’s one of the top 10 quarterbacks in league history going back to Brady, Manning, Montana, Young, Marino, Brees and several others. He could probably play another 5 years by why not transition into doing something else post career and not have to be thrown under the bus by a Packers franchise that obviously isn’t interested in him long term. He’s getting the same treatment as Favre did except Brett kept talking about retirement from 2006 or so onward. Rodgers had 48 touchdowns and 5 picks all year and they think they’re going to replace him with some 3rd rate quarterback from Utah State. They’re nuts all the way to the top of the henhouse in Green Bay.

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