Are you smarter than an NFL player?

What’s a wonder lick? I don’t know but I know what a hen weighs. About 5 pounds, give or take. I crack myself up. I really do… And yes I am on medication.
When I first heard the term “wonderlic” I thought it was in reference to that one, super-duper lick that finally gets you to the center of a Tootsie Pop.

Sports fans will instantly recognize The Wonderlic Test as the test that’s administered to players entering the NFL draft every year. It was invented in 1939 by David Wonderlic. I kid you not.

It was not invented for use in the NFL per se but they have adopted it as a sort of barometer of sorts to gauge the intelligence of incoming players. A perfect score is 50 — 50 questions right out of 50.
The average score is 21. Here’s scores of some players you may recognize:

Drew Bledsoe – 37
Steve Young & Tom Brady – 33
John Elway – 30
Dan Marino – 16
Donovan McNabb -14


The Titans’ Vince Young reportedly scored a
6 a few years back. Yikes.
Wonder how you would do?

Here’s some sample questions… good luck wonderlic-ing… (answers below)

1. Look at the row of numbers below. What number should come next?

  • 27
  • 9
  • 3
  • 1
  • 1/3
  • 1/9
  • ?
2. Assume the first 2 statements are true. Is the final one:
  • True
  • False
  • Not certain
The boy plays for the Tigers. All the players on the Tigers wear white sneakers. The boy wears white sneakers.

3. Paper sells for 21 cents per pad. What will 5 pads cost?

4. PRESENT & RESENT – Do these words…

  • Have similar meanings?
  • Have contradictory meanings?
  • Mean neither the same nor opposite?
5. A train travels 20 feet in 1/5 seconds At this exact 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. A boy is 16 years old and his sister is twice as old. When the boy is 22 years old, what will be the age of his sister?

8. The hours of daylight and darkness in SEPTEMBER are nearest equal to the hours of daylight and darkness in:

  • June
  • March
  • May
  • November
9. What number is next in the following sequence:
  • 32
  • 31
  • 29
  • 26
  • 22
  • ?
10. In a typical city in the Southern Hemisphere, which of the following months sees the most snowfall?
  • January
  • February
  • April
  • August
  • November
  • December
***
ANSWERS

  1. 1/27. Every number is divided by 3 in the sequence.
  2. True. All Tigers wear white sneakers and the boy is a Tiger.
  3. $1.05. 21 cents x 5 = 105 cents = $1.05.
  4. Mean neither the same nor opposite.
  5. 300 feet. 20 feet in 1/5 seconds becomes 100 feet in one second (20 x 5 = 100.) So, 100 feet in one second is 300 in three (100 x 3 = 300.)
  6. 6 feet. 10 cents a foot, 20 cents for 2 feet, 30 cents for 3 feet, etc.
  7. 38. If the sister is twice as old, she’s 32. The boy will be 22 six years from now, so 32 + 6 = 38.
  8. March. March and September have equal amounts of sunlight and darkness on the 21st of each month.
  9. 17. 32-1 = 31. 31-2 = 29. 29-3 = 26. 26-4 = 22. So, the next thing you subtract is 5. 22-5 = 17.
  10. August. The Southern Hemisphere is opposite of the Northern, so our summer is their winter. August is the only month listed remotely close to our summer.

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One thought on “Are you smarter than an NFL player?

  1. Too tired to take the test but…wonderlic or wonder lick…both of them don’t bring to mind football.

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