Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/7/12

WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 18: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (R) speaks during a hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee with NFL Players Association Executive Director Gene Upshaw (L) and Pro Football Hall of Fame player and Coach Mike Ditka (C) on Capitol Hill September 18, 2007 in Washington, DC. Former players and league officials appeared before the committee for a hearing on the 'NFL Retirement System,' focusing on the current compensation system for retirees with claims of advanced injuries that became symptomatic after retiring from the NFL. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Roger Goodell has warned all 32 teams around the league that if Wonderlic test results are leaked, they will face significant discipline.

The Wonderlic test, is a timed test that is used to determine the "IQ" of an indivdual player, or measure their overall cognitive ability. The individual taking the test has 12 minutes to answer 50 questions of various subjects. The Wonderlic test itself is generally associated with the NFL since the 1970s, but it is also a common test for employers around the country for screening job applicants during the pre-interview process.

Some argue that the Wonderlic test is an unnecessary and outdated test for college players who are entering the Draft or are invited to participate at the NFL Combine. Most players likely score low on their first attempt and usually take it a second time. There is no such thing as a pass or fail on a Wonderlic test, but the closest score to 50 means that particular person is  theoretically smart. An average Wonderlic score usually measures around 22.

Interestingly enough, the highest Wonderlic scores are among players who are tied with mediocrity and have only had average NFL careers if not below average. Ryan Fitzpatrick scored a near perfect 48, while players such as Drew Brees and Peyton Manning both scored a 28. Even Dan Marino scored only a 16 on his first try, while still going on to be an NFL Hall of Famer.

Based on the Wonderlic, does that mean that Ryan Fitzpatrick is a better football mind than Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and even Dan Marino? Some teams and scouts value Wonderlic scores highly, but what if Peyton Manning would have scored a 10 or lower? Does that mean he should go in the 5th round of the NFL Draft?

If Roger Goodell wants to fine teams for leaking such information to the public, then fine. The public has the right to know Wonderlic scores associated with their favorite players just as they have the right to know how fast a certain player runs the 40-yard dash. This is just another wave of uneccesary threats that the commissoner uses to throw his weight and authority around the league.


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