The NFL Demands More Than Brawn
While commonly stereotyped as being lumbering and stupid, most professional athletes are incredibly intelligent people. Not only that, but the NFL demands intelligent players because it’s been shown that smarter players, you guessed it, play smarter. You don’t just need brawn to be a professional football player. You also need brains.
IQ of the QB?
After years of testing and analysis, it has been discovered that players who do well on the Wonderlic test tend to play better during a game. Not only that, but a high score also increases one’s likelihood of playing on the starting lineup. This test is used as an alternative IQ test.
The Wonderlic test is now associated with NFL players, but it’s original purpose was to assess basic skills, someone’s professional capabilities and as a supplemental test to see if workers or students need further education. The test consists of 50 questions. Anyone who gets a 20 is considered to have average intelligence.
The average chemist will typically score 30 or higher, which is a very high score. Another career that comes close is an offensive tackler. People playing in this position tend to have a score of 26 or higher.
Smartest Players and Teams
The highest average Wonderlic score is 26 for offensive tackler, but many players have exceeded this score. For example, Greg McElroy scored a 43, Blaine Gabbert got a 42, Alex Smith got a 40 and Eli Manning got a 39.
Smarter teams also tend to do better. The five smartest teams in 2012 were the Seahawks, Patriots, Falcons, Bears and Giants. All of these teams do incredibly well most seasons. Not only that, but recruiters have been trained to look for smart and skilled players.
Compare this to the Chiefs, which is one of the least intelligent teams. They haven’t won a championship game since 1970, and they often lose more games than they win. Intelligence isn’t everything, but it’s essential for success.
While some potential players might be disheartened to know that it takes both brawn and brains to play in the NFL, most probably won’t be. It takes intelligence to win championships, and recruiters are actively looking for smart players that can deliver the best results.
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Written by Cowboy on September 18th, 2013 | Tagged as: Popular Culture