”Why in the world would you want to know how smart a football player is?”

Really, is there anything more tiresome than the leaking of some poor kid’s Wonderlic score to the media and the subsequent mockery for it?  For one thing, how much does it matter?  For another, even the guy who came up with the test is skeptical about its utility for evaluating a prospect’s chances to play in the NFL.

My advice to Mo Claiborne – if some boob comes up to you and starts to give you hell about your score, hit him with your wallet.


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13 responses to “”Why in the world would you want to know how smart a football player is?”

  1. I’m not sure the Wonderlic matters at all in regards to one’s ability to play in the NFL… but it does seem to call into question how he managed three years of “higher” education without the ability to comprehend what he was reading. I’m sure “he” took the standardized tests required of the NCAA clearinghouse just three years prior.


    • Welcome to today’s world of academic management. If you pour enough resources into it, you can build a functioning student (-athlete).

      If the mockery were directed at LSU instead of Claiborne in this case, I wouldn’t have said a word.


      • 69Dawg

        UT has been admitting players for years under a learning disability exception. It keeps the NCAA off your back. If you can play the game a major school will find a way to get you in.


  2. I agree especially when you’re talking about a corner where instinct and talent are everything. Poor talent at corner gets exposed early and often in the NFL. Charles Dimry, I would like to introduce you to Jerry Rice.


    • reipar

      You do not need to introduce them. They were passing acquaintances.

      I will be here all week!


    • Bobby

      Umm, there are an awful lot of reads a corner has to make in a given play. Sure, instinct and talent will prevail if you happen to be covering the right guy/zone, but if you’re out of position, a good OC will exploit that all day long. No, the position of CB is not as cerebral as QB or Center, but it still requires a certain degree of intelligence or football smarts.

      That said, I’m skeptical a/b how well the Wonderlic measures football smarts.


  3. Tom Haverford

    Noted scholar Percy Harvey, who scored 12, laughed out loud when reading this saying “4? 4!? Hell, I got four times that many!.”


  4. NFL owners just like to be sure that the players they will get are oriented enough to actually play for them come game time instead of against their own team or for the other team. LOL


  5. Greg

    Didn’t AJ do very poorly on the Wonderlic last year?


  6. Cojones

    The Wonderlic has elements of SAT and GRE plus is a timed test. If you take too much time deducing how to solve a math question and you solve it, you come out with a rediculouly low score that may be related only to how recently you studied for word problems. Have any of you taken a stab at the test? I did and went well overtime. I’ll bet if you took a random cut of fans , the results may not be any better than a random cut of players. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if the players did better since they would have a hint as to the area covered by the questions. There’s probably a few of us that would tag the 3-4 score. To answer 4, I suspect some of our reading skills would be challenged from the looks of some posts.


    • Mg4life0331

      I took it once before I got the job Im currently in, mostly because “Wonderlic” also has a mechanical aptitude test which is pertinent to the job. I think they just threw in the one everyone knows about for the hell of it. Anyone who has taken the test would be able to conclude that testing well in analogies wouldnt help much when you are manufacturing cat litter. You were probably generous in evaluating the fan base.