The preparations were done, the aim was refined and the NFL quarterback was ready for the big one.
Now, a curious game-show-watching TV audience will see how well the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers performed.
As “Jeopardy!” Host.
The three-time NFL MVP’s previously recorded “Jeopardy!” episodes begin airing on Monday.
“Other than the Super Bowl, this is the honor of a lifetime,” Rodgers, 37, said in a Twitter promo for the show.
Trebek had hosted the show for 37 years before his death from pancreatic cancer in November 2020 at the age of 80.
As a contestant, six years ago, Rodgers won $50,000 for charity during “Celebrity Jeopardy!”, defeating investor Kevin O’Leary and former astronaut and current U.S. Senator from Arizona Mark Kelly.
He rolled with a not-too-well-received cardigan sweater back then, but he’s all polished now, reportedly replete with a $10,000 Zenith Chronomaster Sport watch on his wrist.
Rodgers, a rep for the luxury Swiss company, told Zenith CEO Julien Tornare last month he wore the watch during these recordings as host.
For a little more than a month, “Jeopardy!” has been rotating celebrity hosts, and, “he’s going to be judged,” according to a USA Today.
Fans’ comments, via that story, for these interim hosts who preceded Rodgers are all over the board:
The show’s “Greatest of All Time” winner Ken Jennings:
“Ken Jennings shines and embodies all that Alex brought to the role.
“I thought Ken came across as fake.”
Journalist Katie Couric:
TV’s Dr. Mehmet Oz
“A friendly presence.”
“Talks down to contestants.”
Other guest hosts are set to include CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, NBC News anchor Savannah Guthrie, actress Mayim Bialik, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker and medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
For Rodgers, it’s time for kickoff.