Rodgers, the Pro Bowler and two-time NFL MVP, had already leaked the news of his hosting earlier this week.
“I apologize to ‘Jeopardy!’ if they wanted to announce it, I just got so excited,” Rodgers said Tuesday. “The show has been so special to me over the years.”
Whitaker, a “60 Minutes” correspondent, will also be a guest host.
The show will make a donation to the guest hosts' charity of choice that matches the total dollar amount won by contestants during their run.
This story has been updated to correct spelling of Bill Whitaker’s last name.