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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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The bill is $14.23 and you pay with a $20. How much should you get back in change?

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

Infallible   Impeccable

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16 ÷ 2.5 =

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Arrange the following words so that they form a complete sentence.  rectangle has a sides five  Is that sentence true or false?  

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

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When folded into a solid shape, which corner touches corner "D?"

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Instructions for a blanket call for 36 yards of yarn. A skein of yarn has 6 feet in in. How many skeins of yarn do you need?

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To make a dozen cookies Trish needs 1/4 cup of butter. She wants to make 9 dozen cookies. How much butter does she need?

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In a leap year, how many days does February have?

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

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Which of the following is not a whole number followed by its square?

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-41 + 13 equals:

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Which number comes next in this series?

9933113 2/3

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(15 ÷ 5) x (10 ÷ 2) =

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Select the one that is not a type of triangle

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If the first two statements are true, the third statement is true? false? not certain? #1: A man works at Bob's Pool Store. #2: All the employees at the pool store wear blue shirts. #3: The man wears blue shirts.

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Select the word that does not belong

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

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Mike is 11 years old. Jim is twice as old as Mike. When Jim is 50 years old, how old will Mike be?

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If sales tax is 6% and you buy a shirt for $25 how much do you owe?

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A basketball team has eight boys and four girls on the roster. The boys average 12 points each. The team averages 136 points as a whole. How many points does each girl average?

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Select the word that doesn't belong

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There are 40 grams of sugar in a 12 oz can of Dr Pepper. If your max intake of sugar permitted for the day is 25 grams, how much of the Dr. Pepper can you drink?

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What is the mathematical average of the number of weeks in a year, days in a week, and the number of days in January?

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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.