Great athletes seemingly have the power to gradual issues down of their minds throughout massive moments in a recreation.
That’s what three-time NFL MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers did earlier this 12 months, nevertheless it wasn’t through the Packers playoff video games. No, this got here throughout his stint as a visitor host on “Jeopardy!”
“The biggest thing that I just wanted to think about was slowing down,” Rodgers mentioned in an interview on the “Jeopardy!” YouTube page. “I think the nerves come up, especially during the first few games, when I really felt I had some problems with some other clues, reading them.
“I ended up writing on my podium just some kind of code words: ‘Slow down.’ ‘Relax.’ ‘Speak clearly.’ ”
Did Rodgers achieve that? Viewers will resolve for themselves as he begins a visitor host beginning Monday. The first episode will air at 2 p.m. on Fox 4.
Rodgers filmed the episodes in February and mentioned he used the identical calming workout routines he does as a participant.
“I like to do it before games on the field, before two-minute drives,” Rodgers mentioned. “It’s called box breathing. You have a rhythmic breathing structure that helps to lower your heart rate. The same amount of seconds you inhale, you hold, and you exhale and hold.
“What it does is really relaxes your system. … I was doing that just because there were times when I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is real. I’m really going out. And I have to like take us on this journey to trivia land, and get us from where we’re at to the end of the show. How am I going to do that?’”
Rodgers, who won “Celebrity Jeopardy!” in 2015, mentioned he’s been a fan of the present since he was just a little child watching along with his grandparents.
In preparation for his visitor internet hosting gig, Rodgers studied Alex Trebek, the longtime host who passed away in November.
“I watched hours and hours and hours of episodes,” Rodgers said in an interview with ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “Luckily Netflix has a few seasons, and I went back to DVR. But I had to watch from a different perspective — from Alex’s perspective. I couldn’t watch it as a fan anymore.
“I took pages and pages and pages of notes. I wrote down every affirmative that he said to any type of clue. I wrote down how he would respond if they didn’t get it right. I wrote down beat points of the show. I wrote down all the different ways he would take it to break. I wrote down the stuff that he said coming out of break. Literally, I studied for this like no other. I wanted to absolutely just crush it.”
Here is a have a look at Rodgers on the dais, the place he might be internet hosting the present:
This is the interview Rodgers did that was shared on the “Jeopardy!” YouTube web page: