Both Eli Manning (quarterback for the Super Bowl-bound New York Giants) and his older brother Peyton (quarterback for last year’s Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts) are regarded as very intelligent men. What I didn’t know is that Eli is considered smarter than Peyton, at least by one standard NFL measure of intelligence. According to this New York Times article:
[Eli] Manning posted a score of 39 out of 50 on the Wonderlic, the intelligence test administered by N.F.L. teams to evaluate draft prospects. It was 11 points higher than Peyton’s score and well above the average.
If you want to know how you stack up to the Manning brothers, a sample test is available here. Just multiple the number right on these 20 questions by 2.5 to get your Wunderlich score.
Here are how some other NFL players scored and what those numbers mean:
Specifically, 21, considered an average score, is equivalent to the average IQ of 100. Higher scoring applicants are supposed to learn more rapidly, master more complex material, and exercise better judgment while lower scoring applicants tend to require more time, detailed task instruction, and less challenging job routines. 25 is the average score for quarterbacks and offensive linemen. Other positions average about a 20.
(For what it’s worth, I did better than Eli on the sample test. But I can’t throw a football spiral to save my life.)