Aaron Rodgers Says Fatherhood Is His “Next Great Challenge”
Aaron Rodgers is ready to touchdown on the Jeopardy! stage.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback, who recently got engaged to Shailene Woodley, just raved over his newest gig as one of the guest hosts for the long-running game show. The series teased the 37-year-old star’s hosting duties on Instagram, writing on Saturday, April 3, “@aaronrodgers12 is the ultimate champion–on the field and on the stage. Current nfl MVP #AaronRodgers starts as guest host Monday!”
In another post, shared on Friday, April 2, Aaron explained just how excited he was to host Jeopardy!
“Other than the Super Bowl,” he said in the teaser clip, “this is the honor of a lifetime.”
“Following in the footsteps of a legend is something I know a little bit about,” the nfl star noted, referring to both the previous Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre and beloved Jeopardy! host, the late Alex Trebek—who passed away in November 2020 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
According to the show, Aaron will not only be showing off his hosting skills but he’ll be raising money for small businesses. “The money that is earned today,” he said in the video, “is going to be matched by the North Valley Community Foundation.”
Per the nonprofit organization’s website, the athlete has already contributed $1 million to help small, locally-owned businesses in California’s Butte County.
“Aaron is hosting ‘Jeopardy!’ for two weeks starting April 5,” a statement reads on the site. “A donation from the show will augment a second round of grants.”
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News of Aaron’s Jeopardy! gig comes only a few days after he was spotted on a getaway trip with his fiancée, Shailene. The newly engaged couple appeared to be all smiles as they posed for a rare photo together with the team at Best Cafe and Bar in Hot Springs, Ark.
“Our team had the opportunity to cook for @aaronrodgers12 and his crew last night,” the eatery’s Instagram caption read on Tuesday, March 30. “Grateful for the opportunity.”
This duo seldomly has been seen on public outings together following their secret engagement in early February. But even with their minimal sightings, one thing is clear: They look over the moon in love.
In late February, the Big Little Lies actress opened up about her relationship with Aaron on The Tonight Show—and even revealed they’ve been engaged “for a while.”
“He’s, first off, just a wonderful, incredible human being,” she told Jimmy Fallon at the time. “But I never thought I’d be engaged with somebody who threw balls for a living. Like, I never thought as a little girl, I was like, ‘Yeah, when I grow up, I’m gonna marry someone who throws balls! Yeah!’ But he’s really just so good at it.”
The 29-year-old star shared how her dog played a major role in their romance, saying, “When I first met him, I think my dog like pulled me aside and was like, ‘If you don’t date this dude, I will disown you as my mother, because the three feet that I run with you when you throw a ball is nothing compared to the marathon I’m able to run with him.'”
The pair is known for being notoriously private and they’ve kept their relationship out of the spotlight. At this time, it’s unclear what their wedding plans are. However, just last month Aaron revealed he’s not only ready for marriage but he would love to start a family in the future.
“I’m in that age group where a lot of my close friends from high school and college are fathers now and have families of their own,” he said during an Instagram Live with Zenith Watches. “It’s maybe not in the immediate future but definitely something that I really look forward to.”
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