Though it’s hardly a draft deal breaker, the Wonderlic Test continues to be analyzed in the NFL. Does the scoring really reveal player intellect? You can try one of our Wonderlic practice tests and decide for yourself. Too many, the jury’s still out and has been for decades. Below are players who received surprisingly terrible scores.
Terry Bradshaw: 16
Playing quarterback in his home state at Louisiana Technical University, Bradshaw enjoyed a successful college career. Honored as an All-American while playing in college, Bradshaw was the overall number one draft pick in 1970, selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bradshaw went on to lead the Steelers to Super Bowl victory four times and is still regarded as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Bradshaw received the Super Bowl MVP award twice and joined the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
Dan Marino: 15
Marino began leading the University of Pittsburgh Panthers as quarterback midway through his freshman year. Marino’s sophomore year marked him as one of the country’s leading college passers, with his junior year setting a school-record 37 touchdown passes. Though he never won a Super Bowl ring, Marino went on to have a record breaking professional career. In his second season, he became the first player to pass for 5,000 yards in a single season and his 48 season touchdown passes marked a new league record. He still holds several league records, including most yards gained in a single season, and in 2005 was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Frank Gore: 6
Frank Gore attended the University of Miami and joined the Hurricanes as a running back. Freshman year, Gore rushed for 562 yards on 62 carries which became the second-best per-carry average in the school’s history, second only to Clinton Portis. Despite two major college injuries, Gore was drafted in the 2005 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers. His rookie year, Gore sustained a groin injury and finished the season seventh overall among NFL rookie running backs. In 2006, Gore experienced a breakout season, carrying the ball 312 times for a franchise record of 1,695 yards rushing. Gore continued to put up competitive numbers and in 2014 became the 29th player in NFL history to rush for 10,000 career yards. The 5-time Pro Bowler will begin his 2015 season as an Indianapolis Colt.
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