Sunday, February 26, 2006

Evidence The Wonderlic Is A Load Of Crap
By Blogger

The discussion in a recent Football Outsider's thread prompted me to do some research on Wonderlic scores and their correlation to excellence on the field. In short, there is no correlation, and there doesn't even seem to be a correlation between scores and reputation for cerebral play.

Brady: 33
MexicoR: 20
Leftwich: 25
Brunell: 22
Couch: 22
McNown: 28
Bulger: 29
Rhodes Scholar Pennington: 25
CarterQ: 30
HensonD: 42
Roethlisberger: 25
Leaf: 27
ManningP: 28

If this list is accurate, what does it tell you? It tells me that the Wonderlic is virtually useless. Furthermore, if the oft-referenced sample published on ESPN's Page2 is any indication, the test fails the most basic of its goals, since it does NOT test for skills one needs on a football field. The principle of specificity indicates that a test that examines one's abilities to recognize logical fallacies is a test that examines one's abilities to recognize logical fallacies and is NOT IN ANY WAY a test that examines one's decision-making abilities while dropping back in the pocket. The only use the Wonderlic may have is to test one's enthusiasm for taking it and, thus, demonstrating for teams that he is willing to do everything he can to show he is worthy of receiving millions of dollars.


Blogger Bryan Koch said...

I'm just trying to imagine any circumstance in which Quincy Carter is outwitting Peyton Manning.

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think all Wonderlic scores are accurate. Some guys get to take it again, and other guys have agents who get copies of the tests beforehand.
I highly doubt Carter got that score legitimately.

2:49 PM  

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