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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is vying to become the next host of Jeopardy!, and on Tuesday the show’s producers made a sly reference to the NFL star’s presence behind the podium. Unfortunately, none of the contestants connected the answer to the man literally standing right in front of them.
In the segment, which Jeopardy! shared to YouTube shortly after the episode aired, returning champion Dennis Chase, a project manager from Massachusetts, picked the Title Waves category for $400. “In the 1960s, these Midwesterners earned 5 NFL Championship trophies,” the clue read.
Met with silence from all three contestants, Rodgers held his hands out in an exaggerated “C’mon, guys,” gesture, before playfully admonishing them with the answer: “The Green Bay Packers?” Later that night, Rodgers sent a follow-up tweet reflecting on the moment: "I. Love. This. Game," he wrote. "Every night is something new and different. #grateful"
Rodgers, of course, has been under center for the Packers since 2005, and is comfortably on pace to retire as an NFL legend, having already set 9 NFL records—including most seasons with 45+ touchdown passes, and most consecutive passes without an interception.
Whether or not the nine-time Pro Bowler and 2010 Super Bowl Champion will add full-time “Jeopardy!” host to his already crowded resume, however, remains to be seen. In the coming weeks, he'll continue to face stiff competition from a wide range of other celebrities. After Rodgers' hosting stint ends this week, the show will welcome journalists Anderson Cooper and Bill Whitaker, followed by actress Mayim Bialik as its next trio of guest hosts into mid-June.
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