Did you know, that NFL scouts take the decision-making skills of quarterbacks very seriously? The league requires that every player in the draft take the Wonderlic intelligence test, which is essentially a shorter version of the standard IQ test. The test is 12 minutes long and the questions get progressively harder as the test goes along.

The underlying thesis of the Wonderlic test for quarterbacks is that those players who are better at math and logic problems will make better decisions in the pocket. As a result, an NFL team starts to get nervous when a quarterback’s score on the Wonderlic test is too far below the average for the position. For quarterbacks, the average is 25. In comparison, the average score for computer programmers is 28. Janitors, on average, score 15, err … as do running backs (no joke).

Here are some results of the Wonderlic test: Eli Manning – 39, Tom Brady – 33, Steve Young – 33, John Elway – 30, Troy Aikman – 29, Brett Favre – 22, Randdell Cunningham -15, and Vince Young, who created a small stir last year when it was rumored that he scored a 6.

Are you smarter than Tom Brady? Find out and take the Wonderlic test. But first, set your clock for 12 minutes, don’t peek at the answers, and … oh, yeah, run the 40 and give us some bench-presses first, would ya?

Source: A book that I’m reading entitled: How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer.

I’d like to wish all of my loyal readers a Merry Christmas and happy holidays.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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