Last week when it was announced that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers would be guest hosting the trivia show “Jeopardy,” I was less than enthused about it. Nothing against the guy personally, but I like to spend my offseasons not thinking about the years of abuse he’s done to the Detroit Lions franchise.
But it turns out this decision was a blessing in disguise thanks to one amazing contestant.
During an episode this week, the returning champion decided to take a parting shot at Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers during Final Jeopardy, knowing that he had no realistic chance at winning. So instead of writing down an actual answer/question for the final question, the contestant decided to ask Rodgers a question about football. I won’t spoil it, so just watch the clip below.
The question, of course, is in reference to the Green Bay Packers’ playoff loss just a few months ago. In the NFC Championship game, the Packers were facing a fourth-and-goal situation with just 2:05 left in the game, trailing 31-23 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With three timeouts left, the Packers decided to kick the field goal, make it a five-point game, and hope their defense could get a stop. They could not, and Rodgers would sit the rest of the game from the sideline, watching his Super Bowl hopes slip away. Many believed the Packers would have stood a better chance to go for it on fourth down and potentially tie the game up with a two-point conversion.
At the time, it was clear Rodgers was frustrated by the decision.
“I didn’t have a decision on that one,” Rodgers said in his postgame press conference. “Yeah, that wasn’t my decision. I understand the thinking, above two minutes with all of our timeouts, but, yeah, that wasn’t my decision.”
Kudos to Rodgers for being a good sport about it this time around, but you have to imagine that moment still eats at him over two months later.