At the end of Monday night’s “Jeopardy!” game, it was clear Brandon Deutsch was going to win — the other two contestants didn’t have enough money to surpass him. So contestant Scott Shewfelt, who had won the previous two “Jeopardy!” games, decided to use his last moment on “Jeopardy!” to poke fun at Rodgers.
During the Final Jeopardy round, the contestants had 30 seconds to answer the following clue: “Accepting a Lifetime Achievement Emmy, he said, ‘Just take … 10 seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are.’”
The answer: “Who was Fred Rogers?”
But rather than trying to come up with the correct response, Shewfelt used his half a minute to jot down: “Who wanted to kick that field goal?”
The response was a jab at a controversial play the Green Bay Packers made late in the NFC Championship game earlier this year, according to Insider. With two minutes left in the game, the Packers — who were down by 8 — made it to Tampa Bay’s 8-yard line. But instead of going for a touchdown on fourth down, Packers coach Matt LaFleur opted for a field goal.
The Packers lost 31-26, and the Buccaneers went to the Super Bowl.
Rodgers said he could see what Shewfelt was writing down during the Final Jeopardy round— making the anticipation of having to read out that response even greater.
When the moment came, the Packers quarterback read it aloud, smiled and took a long pause before saying, “That is a great question. Should be correct, but unfortunately for this game today, that’s incorrect.”
In a post-game chat, Rodgers thanked Shewfelt for making his “Jeopardy!” hosting debut even more memorable.
“You will always be all time in my book, my friend,” said Rodgers, who is hosting through April 16. “My first show, and that’s what you’ve said at the end. Thank you for that.”
Despite getting roasted during his first game as host, Rodgers — who won a game of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” in 2015 — has said he wants to be the official host.
“I’m not shy at all about saying I want the job,” he recently told The Ringer. “I don’t think I’d need to give up football to do it. They film 46 days a year. I worked 187 this year in Green Bay. That gives me ... 178 days to do ‘Jeopardy!’ So I feel like I could fit 46 into that 178 and make it work. It would be a dream job for sure.”