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Aaron Rodgers on ‘Jeopardy!’: A ‘dapper nerd’ contestant moment on Night time 9, host says ‘chill out’ but not ‘R-E-L-A-X’

Aaron Rodgers on ‘Jeopardy!’: A ‘dapper nerd’ contestant moment on Night time 9, host says ‘chill out’ but not ‘R-E-L-A-X’

, Inexperienced Bay Press-Gazette
Printed 10: 28 p.m. ET April 15, 2021 | Updated 10: 59 p.m. ET April 15, 2021


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Packers QB and reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers unfolded to USA TODAY’s Gary Levin about guest hosting “Jeopardy!” and additional.


In case you would possibly want to be known as “a dapper nerd,” who better than Aaron Rodgers to produce it?

All the design via the contestant chat on Thursday’s “Jeopardy!,” Rodgers went there, asking returning champ Patrick Hume why he didn’t safe his driver’s license until he used to be 28.

“You would possibly presumably like that any person who bought their driver’s license at 28 will likely be extra or less a dapper nerd,” Rodgers said, “but we realized final recreation that you just realized jiu-jitsu, is that correct? And also you’re also a Not easy Mudder runner, so how plot 28?”

It’s an plot that both is and is not straight out of the Inexperienced Bay Packers quarterback’s recreation uncover guest hosting playbook.

As host, Rodgers receives note cards with fun info about every contestant basically basically based totally on a questionnaire they like out. Questions the uncover’s position producer contain animated the three contestants for are highlighted for him, but Rodgers instructed Claire McNear in an interview for The Ringer that his plot for the chats used to be to most ceaselessly stagger a uncommon route and seize one thing from the cardboard he opinion used to be extra attention-grabbing. He would give the person a heads-up about what he used to be going to quiz at some level of the destroy.

“But I’d strive to safe them talking about stuff that per chance wasn’t as nerdy. For any of the contestants who had been doing athletic endeavors, I consume to focus on these. One man used to be coaching for a marathon — and like, I respect that because I don’t must always bustle 26.2 miles, so I purchased him talking about that,” Rodgers instructed The Ringer. “Another man used to be a dusky belt in judo, and I used to be like, ‘hiya, characterize me about this.’

“I’ve spent so decades staring at these interviews and some of these issues appear dapper, dapper nerdy — like, wow, why would you admit that, almost. So I’d strive to snatch info that per chance highlighted some of their personality that wasn’t as nerdy.”

On Wednesday night time, Rodgers requested Hume about coaching within the martial work of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the final three years. On Thursday night time, he opted to head to the nerdy discontinue of the notecard, no apologies.

Hume defined he lived 100 yards from his Massachusetts high faculty and never bought spherical to studying to pressure until it used to be time to transfer to Los Angeles.

If it takes a nerd to know one, count Rodgers in. He thinks his like nerdiness would be section of his attraction if he had been to be employed as everlasting host for the uncover. 

“I bring an viewers from the NFL, and I like like I attraction to nerdy folks, too, because I used to be a nerd in high faculty and purchased caught in that uncommon section of wanting to be a jock and an athlete and also basically caring about getting right grades,” he said in The Ringer interview.

Also on Thursday’s uncover, Rodgers read this clue from the & I Feel All Compatible category: “Lawful chill out & contain some captopril, an ace inhibitor faded to lower this.” The correct response used to be blood tension. All very straightforward.

But let’s contain a uncover of hands from the total Packers followers who, when they heard Rodgers express “chill out,” straight wished he would contain read it as “R-E-L-A-X,” merely as he memorably urged followers distraught over the group’s sluggish launch within the 2014 season.

“5 letters here merely for every person accessible in Packer-land: R-E-L-A-X,” he instructed Packers followers in a radio interview that 12 months. “Accumulated down. We will likely be OK.”

“Accumulated down” shall be one of the reminders he had written to himself on a sticky note on the “Jeopardy!” podium at some level of the filming of his 10 episodes. He shared a characterize of his note-lined podium on his Instagram that also confirmed prompts to “talk less,” “sluggish down” and “stand-up straight.” For humor, there used to be also one that said “don’t seize your nostril/butt.”

Rodgers earned $25,100 from Thursday’s uncover for the North Valley Neighborhood Foundation to attend limited firms impacted by the pandemic in and spherical his fatherland of Chico, California.

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