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Leonard Fournette’s NFL Intelligence Test Score Leaked

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The NFL draft is set for Philadelphia in a few days. During those days football fans around the nation will hold their breath and hope their team manages to add players that will actually improve their chances to win a Super Bowl.

One of the most highly touted athletes in the upcoming draft is Leonard Fournette. Fournette had some pretty good seasons playing for LSU and now he hopes to turn that football talent into NFL stardom and a rather handsome payday.

We know he has the brawn to be a player but does he have the brains?

The measuring stick for basic intelligence in the NFL is called the Wonderlic Test. It’s a series of 50 questions that are multiple choice. The player is given 12 minutes to complete the test. Each correct answer is worth one point.

The NFL does not make public the results of a player’s Wonderlic score. But there are very few secrets in the drama that is the NFL so scores eventually find their way into the media.

The basic assumption of the Wonderlic results is that a player that scores 20 points is considered to have “average intelligence”.  In Fournette’s case according to a report published in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Fournette scored an 11.

If 20 is average then 11 is probably one of the reasons why Fournette chose not to complete his college academic career. I am sure the opportunity to earn an extreme amount of money figured into the equation as well.

Believe me, I am not knocking the guy or calling him less than smart. He showed the ability to recognize an incredible opportunity. Besides how overly intelligent must one be to carry a ball in the right direction?

How do you think you’d do on a test like the Wonderlic Test? There are sample tests that you can take. That way you can at least feel smarter than some of your football heroes. However, it does seem to be a very small consolation that a higher number on your IQ does not translate to a higher number in your bank account.


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