BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
The following is an opinion piece by FOX6 Sports Anchor Rick Karle:
Are you smarter than a football player? As we head straight toward the NFL Draft, those Wonderlic Test scores are beginning to leak out. You know the Wonderlic Test, a series of 50 questions that is said to measure a person's general intelligence and judgement. \
While getting a great score on this test certainly does not assure a quarterback's success in the NFL, it is used by general managers and coaches throughout the NFL before draft day arrives.
The big news on the Jameis Winston front? Reports have him scoring a 27 on the Wonderlic Test, a strong score that echoes the scores of quarterbacks such as Joe Flacco (27), Drew Brees (28), Russell Wilson (28) and Peyton Manning (28). I've done some digging and found a few other scores that you can compare to Winston's score:
Greg McElroy 48
Marcus Mariota 33
Johnny Manziel 32
AJ McCarron 22
Cam Newton 21
Dan Marino 15
You always knew that McElroy was a brain, didn't you? But notice that while McElroy's score was off the charts, his NFL career was a short one. Dan Marino (15) meanwhile, is one of the great quarterbacks in NFL history.
My observations on Jameis Winston? The average Wonderlic score for an NFL quarterback is 24 and Winston topped that easily. During his days at Hueytown High School he always struck me as a smart kid, and he was. His high school coach Matt Scott tells me that Winston had a 4.0 GPA throughout high school, and he consistently owned one of the top ten GPA's on the FSU football team (thus his picture being displayed in the athletic department's trophy case alongside the other nine Seminoles with the highest GPA).
Why, you ask, can a kid who is so smart do such dumb things off the field? I'm not a brain surgeon nor am I Dr. Phil, but it appears that his off-field issues are due more to poor judgement than to poor intelligence. I've always known Jameis Winston to be a bright, articulate young man who can light up a room with his smarts and quick wit.
Does scoring a 27 on the Wonderlic assure Jameis Winston of having a successful NFL career? I believe more depends on his athletic ability, health and off-the-field behavior. One blown out knee or brush with the law will affect his future more than a dang test. But Winston's score of 27 certainly puts on the higher end of those quarterbacks who have taken the test, and that can spell only good news for the Bessemer native who may go number one to the Bucs come April 30th.
Now for the fun part! Thanks to the folks at Wonderlic Inc, I've listed 12 questions that you can try answering in less than five minutes.
While it's not an entire test, it will give you a taste of how you stack up against NFL quarterbacks. Don't peek and the answers, and good luck!
1. Assume the first 2 statements are true. Is the final one: 1 true, 2 false, 3 not certain? The boy plays baseball. All baseball players wear hats. The boy wears a hat.
2. Paper sells for 21 cents per pad. What will 4 pads cost?
3. How many of the five pairs of items listed below are exact duplicates? Nieman, K.M. Neiman, K.M. Thomas, G.K. Thomas, C.K. Hoff, J.P. Hoff, J.P. Pino, L.R. Pina, L.R. Warner, T.S. Wanner, T.S.
4. PRESENT RESERVE - Do these words 1 have similar meanings, 2 have contradictory meanings, 3 mean neither the same nor opposite?
5. A train travels 20 feet in 1/5 second. At this same speed, how many feet will it travel in three seconds?
6. When rope is selling at $.10 a foot, how many feet can you buy for sixty cents?
7. The ninth month of the year is 1 October, 2 January, 3 June, 4 September, 5 May.
8. Which number in the following group of numbers represents the smallest amount? 7 .8 31 .33 2
9. In printing an article of 48,000 words, a printer decides to use two sizes of type. Using the larger type, a printed page contains 1,800 words. Using smaller type, a page contains 2,400 words. The article is allotted 21 full pages in a magazine. How many pages must be in smaller type?
10. Three individuals form a partnership and agree to divide the profits equally. X invests $9,000, Y invests $7,000, Z invests $4,000. If the profits are $4,800, how much less does X receive than if the profits were divided in proportion to the amount invested?
11. Assume the first two statements are true. Is the final one: 1 true, 2 false, 3 not certain? Tom greeted Beth. Beth greeted Dawn. Tom did not greet Dawn.
12. A boy is 17 years old and his sister is twice as old. When the boy is 23 years old, what will be the age of his sister?