This is old news, but old roomy Brian insisted I print it anyway. Also, it's quite consistent with my generally running about 2-3 weeks behind current events.
Every year, the NFL administers an intelligence test called the Wonderlic to test the mental adaptability of potential draftees and new players. It's a 12-minute multiple choice exam whose questions rate anywhere from insultingly easy to somewhat challenging. The trick is that you have to answer 50 questions in 12 minutes.
Now, nobody accuses NFL players of being exceptionally bright, and occasionally the questions are actually kind of tough, but some of the reported scores are just downright sad. Texas Longhorn and Heisman candidate Vince Young was rumored to have scored a 6 out of 50 when he took the test. He actually scored a 16, but that still doesn't take him much past short-bus level. Especially when some of the questions are like "If rope costs $.10 a foot, how many feet can you buy for sixty cents?"
Here is the link to a short version of the test (despite my test-prep connections, I couldn't get a full version). They say give yourself 5 minutes, but by my calculations you should only get 3.6 minutes (3 minutes, 36 seconds) in proportion to how many questions you're doing.
In either case, I've reprinted below the scores of several famous (and not so famous) NFL players and draftees, mostly quarterbacks, so you can see who you're smarter than. Just take your score out of 15 and multiply it by 10/3 to get your estimated Wonderlic score. Then email me your score and I'll put you on the list (you get to choose your position/profession). I'll also see if I can get you a meeting with a sports agent. If you're not smart enough to multiply by 10/3 or use email, just put yourself at Vince Young level.
Wonderlic Scores of NFL Players/Draftees
Pat McInally, punter — 50
Mike Mamula, defensive end — 49
Kevin Curtis, wide receiver — 48
Alex Smith, quarterback — 40
Brian Griese, quarterback — 39
Eli Manning, quarterback — 39
Ryan Fitzpatrick, quarterback — 38
Akili Smith, quarterback — 37 (suspected of cheating; scored 15 on first attempt)
Matt Leinart, quarterback — 35
Tom Brady, quarterback — 33
Steve Young, quarterback — 33
John Elway, quarterback — 30
Troy Aikman, quarterback — 29
Peyton Manning, quarterback — 28
Ryan Leaf, quarterback — 27
Major Applewhite, quarterback — 26
Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback — 25
Hugh Millen, quarterback — 24
David Carr, quarterback — 24
Brett Favre, quarterback — 22
Chris Simms, quarterback — 22
Michael Vick, quarterback — 20
Vinny Testaverde, quarterback — 18
Antwaan Randle El, wide receiver (former college quarterback) — 17
Aaron Brooks, quarterback — 16
Dan Marino, quarterback — 16
Vince Young, quarterback — 16 (erroneously reported to have scored a 6 at first)
Randall Cunningham, quarterback — 15
Donovan McNabb, quarterback — 12
Marcus Vick, quarterback — 11
Jeff George, quarterback — 10
Sebastian Janikowski, placekicker — 9