Jeopardy! contestant jabs Aaron Rodgers over Packers' field goal flop

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Aaron Rodgers’ first day behind the lectern as guest host on Jeopardy! wasn’t the love-in he might have hoped for.

As the contestants entered the last stage of the game, one of the hopefuls, who did not know the answer to Final Jeopardy, decided to poke fun at the Green Bay Packers quarterback.

After Rodgers read the answer, “Accepting a lifetime achievement Emmy, he said, ‘Just take … 10 seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are,'” defending champ Scott Shewfelt took a swipe at the nine-time Pro Bowler.

“Who wanted to kick that field goal?” the Tavistock, Ont.-native wrote, wagering $9,300 in the process.

“That is a great question, should be correct, but unfortunately for this game today, it’s incorrect,” Rodgers replied with a grin.

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Shewfelt’s answer was a dig at Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur’s decision to kick a field goal instead of giving Rodgers a chance to tie the NFC Championship game against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this year. With just over two minutes left to play in the game, LaFleur had the option of giving Rodgers a chance to tie the game on fourth down, but made the controversial choice of bringing in his field goal unit.

The Packers ended up losing the game 31-26, while Brady and the Bucs went on to become Super Bowl champions in February.

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In an unaired clip, Rodgers joked with Shewfelt about his response.

“I can see out on the podium and I was like, ‘Please put something about the field goal on there,'” Rodgers said. “You will always be all time in my book, my friend. My first show and that’s what you said at the end. Thank you for that.”

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“I knew there was going to be some sort of humour there,” Rodgers added in an Instagram Live alongside his fiancee Shailene Woodley after the episode.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. Photo by Dylan Buell /Getty Images

Earlier, Woodley asked Rodgers what would be happening in the episode, to which the NFL star replied: “There’s some laughs, maybe some tears, excitement, mystery. You never know.”

Rodgers also revealed that he and his fiancee had been watching old episodes together.

“I was quarantined in Montreal for a lot of the beginning of the off-season, hanging out with this lovely lady right here…” he said, gesturing to Woodley. “Montreal, Quebec has some really tight COVID rules, so a lot of downtime. I watched every episode on Netflix multiple times. I watched old episodes I found on my phone.”

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Rodgers, 37, is a longtime fan of the show. In 2015, he beat Dragons’ Den star Kevin O’Leary and astronaut Mark Kelly as a contestant on Celebrity Jeopardy! to win $50,000 for charity.

“The show has been so special to me over the years,” Rodgers said in an interview with The Pat McAfee Show on Sirius XM earlier this year. “It’s been a staple at my house here in Green Bay for the last 16 years — 6 o’clock, watching Alex (Trebek) and trying to get as many questions as I can.”

Rodgers follows past guest hosts, including record-setting former champion Ken Jennings, the show’s executive producer Mike Richards, journalist and author Katie Couric and controversial TV host and physician Mehmet Oz. But for the star quarterback, stepping into late host Alex Trebek’s shoe’s is a “dream job.”

“When I came on the show in 2015 and got to do Celebrity Jeopardy! I just saw how special this environment was,” Rodgers said in an interview on the Jeopardy! website. “I remember thinking, ‘This would be like a dream job.’ ”

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