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Peyton Manning Wonderlic Score

Peyton Manning has always been a star ever since playing football. Having a quarterback legend as a father, being the top college football recruit in the country, dominating at Tennessee, being the first pick in the 1998 NFL draft, and not breaking stride throughout his entire career in the NFL. Not to mention two Super Bowl victories, the last being the final game of his career. All of this has lead him to have an almost certain spot in the NFL Hall of Fame.

Needless to say, “average” would not be an adjective often used to describe Peyton Manning, but Peyton Manning’s Wonderlic test score of 28 is just that – average.

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When folded into a cube, which of the following corners would be touching each other?

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Mary got a raise of 2% on her salary. If her original salary was $160,000, how much is it after the raise is implemented?

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1800 hours is what time in standard time?

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Which of these numbers is the smallest?

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The declaration of Independence was signed in:

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From the list below, select all of the quadruped mammals that might be found as a pet in a typical American family home.

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Dog is to veterinarian as ___ is to dentist

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Frankie wants a tattoo that will take 5 hours to complete. If the artist charges $85 a hour for the first three hours and half price for every hour after, how much will it cost?

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What is the next number in the sequence? 3, 7, 15, 31, 63

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Sand is to beach as ____ is to road

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Cow is to milk as orange is to:

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Are the following two words similar, contradictory, or not related?

Detest   Despise

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-41 + 13 equals:

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42 x 0 x 6 =

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How much square footage is there in a room that is 13 x 18 ft?

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Select the word that is different from the others

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Are the following two words similar, contradictory, or not related?


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Which number comes next in this series?

9933113 2/3

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When folded into a solid shape, the corner "A" touches which other corner?

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Are the following two words similar, contradictory, or not related?

Infallible   Impeccable

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An oven can cook 3 thin crust pizzas in an hour or 1 deep dish pizza in a hour. If you have one oven, how much time do you need to make 12 thin crust pizzas and 4 deep dish pizzas?

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The 8th month of the year is:

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A candy maker makes two sizes of candies. Using the smaller size, a full jar will contain 120 pieces of candy. Using the larger candies a jar will contain 80 pieces of candy. The candy maker has a strict rule that no jars will contain a mix of small and large candies. If a store has room for 15 jars and they want 1560 total pieces of candy, how many jars will contain smaller candies?

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Which word does not belong?

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Rearrange the words to make a complete sentence. What word follows vacation? Vacation Mike took to beach the a

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A Wonderlic test is similar in structure to an IQ test, and a 20 or 21 is considered the average score. This is in the same way that an IQ score of 100 is considered average. So we can infer that Peyton Manning’s IQ test score is above average. However, a Wonderlic score of 28 is shocking to most people as Peyton Manning is known to study the game more than coaches and control the line of scrimmage and pick up blitzes that is only thanks to hours of preparation and a really good memory.

Many people who know more about football than I do, including Richard Sherman, rank Peyton Manning as the smartest quarterback in the NFL.

To show that Peyton Manning’s Wonderlic score is quite average take a look at the Wonderlic test scores of all active quarterbacks that have won Super Bowls.

  • Eli Manning – 39
  • Aaron Rodgers – 35
  • Tom Brady – 33
  • Peyton Manning – 28
  • Drew Brees – 28
  • Russell Wilson – 28
  • Joe Flacco – 27
  • Ben Roethlisberger – 25

Few would argue that Eli Manning has had a better career as an NFL quarterback that his older brother Peyton (unless you’re only counting Super Bowl rings) but it is interesting to see that Peyton and Eli have such a big difference in Wonderlic test scores.

Is it possible that Peyton Manning just had a bad day? Maybe he didn’t have time to eat a well-balanced breakfast, he was running late, and he thought he had 15 minutes to take the test instead of 12.

It’s entirely possible, but then again that would be speculating.

While the Wonderlic test is only 50 questions and must be completed in 12 minutes, studies have shown that individuals who take the Wonderlic test (with different questions) over and over again will receive similar scores. So theoretically if Peyton Manning were to take the Wonderlic test again now, he would receive a similar score to when he took the test back in 1998.

In fairness to Peyton Manning, his score of 28 is actually slightly above average. Quarterbacks average a score of 24 on the Wonderlic while all NFL players average about a 20.

Also, many famous NFL quarterbacks had terrible Wonderlic scores but went on to have great NFL careers. Most notably Vinny Testaverde (17) Terry Bradshaw (16) and Dan Marino (15).

Finally, Peyton did score better on the Wonderlic than his 1998 draft rival Ryan Leaf who scored a 27.