Down with the Wonderlic Test

Street Talk Down with the Wonderlic Test

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Every year NFL prospects gather in Indianapolis, Indiana for the NFL Combine.

Potentional draft picks are put to the test over the four-day event. These players are subjected to hospital pre-exams and X-rays, their official measurements are documented and they are put through vigorous interviews with representatives from teams around the league prior to even hitting the field for the drills.

One such test that these NFL hopefuls are subjected to each year is the Wonderlic test.

Per Fox Sports, the NFL has used the popular 12-minute intelligence test since 1968 to determine if a candidate has any reading problems, learning differences or even any cultural barriers that may hinder them at the next level.

But do the results of the prospect’s test really determine whether or not a player will have a successful career in the National Football League?

I think not.

The proof is in the pudding, as they say.

Ray Lewis scored a 13 on the test and went on to be a sure fire first ballot Hall of Famer. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Jonathan Ogden scored a 35 and recently was enshrined in Canton.

Need more proof?

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick scored a 48 and we’ve seen how his career has turned out; meanwhile, Dan Marino received a 13 and Terry Bradshaw recorded a score of 15.

Those results only further the reasoning the Wonderlic Test should not be taken too seriously by either the fans or team suitors. In fact, I believe the test should be completely done away with.

It’s the offseason – if you have some down time and want to dig deeper into the pool of scores that have surfaced over the years, just simply do a Google search. The results speak for themselves.

Take a sample test for yourself (and no peeking at the answers)

Should the NFL do away with the Wonderlic Test?

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Brian Bower

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Brian Bower is avid football fan, born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He has covered the Baltimore Ravens and NFL player positives in the community for the past 6 years. This will be his 3rd season with the Russell Street Report. His work has been featured on, ESPN blogs, Comcast SportsNet Baltimore, as well as the Baltimore Ravens web page. He is also a regular guest on local radio and ESPN Radio in Honolulu, Hawaii. Brian is very involved in the community and has spent the last twenty years as a volunteer firefighter. Email him at [email protected]

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