Bring On The Annual Wonderlic Fun

February 23, 2007 – 4:31 am by Ryan Phillips

In case you hadn’t been paying attention the NFL combine opened Wednesday and continues through the weekend. That means that while you’re brushing off a hangover on Sunday afternoon, Brady Quinn (who is pussing out of the workouts), JaMarcus Russell and the rest of this year’s draft crop will be elbow deep in the Wonderlic test.

For those who don’t know, the Wonderlic is a generic standardized test meant to measure the taker’s general intelligence level. Scores range from 0 to 50 and you can take a sample version here.

Now we personally don’t put much stock in the Wonderlic. Sure it tells us whether or not you can count the sides of a square, or solve common sense problems, but since when does that help in football. Look, Vince Young reportedly scored a six last year. That’s a six out of 50. But anyone who ever saw him play a down of football still would have taken him despite what a test told us. Well, anyone not named Merrill Hoge.

But for some reason people still put stock in the test, especially where quarterbacks are concerned. So, we thought we’d post the Wonderlic scores of the recent quarterback classes. Keep in mind that the scores are not “official” because they are never released by the NFL. But scouts and executives leak the scores every year and they can be found all over the internet.(*Note, some of the guys took the test multiple times in an attempt to raise their scores. Yes, it’s exactly like when you had to take the SAT six times just to get accepted to college.)

2006:
Matt Leinart, USC – 35
Charlie Whitehurst, Clemson – 33
Jay Cutler, Vanderbilt – 26
Kellen Clemens, Oregon – 26
Bruce Gradkowski, Toledo – 19
Vince Young, Texas – 6, 16 (these are disputed, there are no clear reports of what he actually scored)
Marcus Vick, Virginia Tech – 11
2005:
Ryan Fitzpatick, Harvard – 37, 38, 50
Alex Smith, Utah – 40
Aaron Rodgers, Cal – 39
Jason Campbell, Auburn – 14, 27, 28
Charlie Frye, Akron – 28, 38
Andrew Walter, Arizona State – 31
Kyle Orton, Purdue – 25, 27
Chris Rix, Florida State – 22, 26
Brock Berlin, Miami – 13
2004:
Eli Manning, Ole Miss – 39
Craig Krenzel, Ohio State – 38
J.P. Losman, Tulane – 31, 14
Philip Rivers, N.C. State – 30
Matt Schaub, Virginia – 30
Ben Roethlisberger, Miami (Ohio) – 25
Jim “Yes I Will Be Receiving A Super Bowl Ring” Sorgi, Wisconsin – 14
2003:
Drew Henson, Michigan – 42
Tony Romo, Eastern Illinois – 30
Rex Grossman, Florida – 29
Kyle Boller, Cal – 27
Carson Palmer, USC – 26
Byron Leftwich, Marshall – 25
Chris Simms, Texas – 22
Seneca Wallace, Iowa State – 12
2002:
Joey Harrington, Oregon – 32
Patrick Ramsey, Tulane – 32
David Carr, Fresno State – 24
David Garrard, East Carolina – 14
2001:
Sage Rosenfels, Iowa State – 32
Jesse Palmer, Florida – 32
Quincy Carter, Georgia – 30 (This has to be a misprint)
Chris Wenke, Florida State – 29
Drew Brees, Purdue – 28
Michael Vick, Virginia Tech – 20
A.J. Feeley, Oregon – 19
2000:
Tom Brady, Michigan – 33
Marc Bulger, West Virginia – 29
Tim Rattay, Louisiana Tech – 27
Chad Pennington, Marshall – 25
Tee Martin, Tennessee – 11
1999:
Cade McNown, UCLA – 28
Akili Smith, Oregon – 37, 15 (apparently many people feel Smith cheated off of his teammate Jason Maas on his first attempt. Maas scored a 43 that same year.)
Shaun King, Tulane – 25
Tim Couch, Kentucky – 22
Daunte Culpepper, Central Florida – 18, 21, 15
Aaron Brooks, Virginia – 17
Donovan McNabb, Syracuse – 16, 12
1998:
Brian Griese, Michigan – 39
Matt Hasselbeck, Boston College – 29
Ryan Leaf, Washington State – 27
Peyton Manning, Tennessee – 25

And here are some other notable scores we found floating around these here internets:
1995:
Kerry Collins, Penn State – 30
Steve McNair, Alcorn State – 15
Kordell Stewart, Colorado – 12
1994:
Trent Dilfer, Fresno State – 22
Heath Shuler, Tennessee – 16 (Dude is a congressman and he only got a 16?)
1993:
Drew Bledsoe, Washington State – 37
Rick Mirer, Notre Dame – 31
Mark Brunell, Washington – 22
Elvis Grbac, Michigan – 16
1992:
David Klingler, Houston – 30
Jeff Blake, East Carolina – 17
1991:
Brett Favre, Southern Miss. – 22
1990:
Neil O’Donnell, Maryland – 13
Jeff George, Illnois – 10
1989:
Troy Aikman, UCLA – 29
1987:
Rich Gannon, Delaware – 27
Vinny Testaverde, Miami – 18
1985:
Randall Cunningham, UNLV – 15
1983:
Dan Marino, Pittsburgh – 14
1982:
Steve Young, BYU – 33

So you be the judge, does a standardized test tell us anything about a player’s football ability?

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  1. 10 Responses to “Bring On The Annual Wonderlic Fun”

  2. absolutely nothing, of course. All the great players never had to do one piece of schoolwork themselves since they joined varsity ball in high school. No way they know that pie means a number and not what their favorite fuck buddy cheerleader brings them before every fuck session.

    vivalavendittelli.blogspot.com

    By Vendittelli on Feb 23, 2007

  3. Heath Shuler, Tennessee – 16 (Dude is a congressman and he only got a 16?)

    Just one question…Have you met the president?

    By Anonymous on Feb 23, 2007

  4. How about player-turned-analyst scores?

    By Anonymous on Feb 23, 2007

  5. I’ve never met the president personally, but frankly I was hoping a lack of general intelligence in Washington wasn’t commonplace. Yeah, I know im naive, just expected more.

    Hey there’s an idea. I think all politicians should have to take the Wonderlic and publish their scores.

    By Phillips on Feb 24, 2007

  6. Vendittellli…the “great players” you decry aren’t as stupid as you make them out to be. Of course they know that “pie” is not a number, it isn’t. “Pi” on the other hand, is.

    Who’s the numbskull now?

    By Anonymous on Feb 26, 2007

  7. “Just one question…Have you met the president?”

    Have you? Politics and his communication skills aside, he does have an MBA from Harvard.

    By Anonymous on Apr 25, 2007

  8. Thanks for the nice post!

    By Michael on Sep 16, 2007

  9. Re: the MBA from Harvard: When my daughter was in her final year at Penn, certain classmates received acceptance letters to Harvard Law. They had not applied, they were simply the sons and daughters of privilege and politics. Methinks the MBA falls into that category.

    By lacus on Apr 18, 2008

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