Monday, December 1, 2003


This article in the NY Times about pre-employment testing makes me think back to Akili Smith, former Oregon Duck and first round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1999.

I was under the impression that Akili was one of the dumbest players in the NFL, but my brief research this afternoon showed otherwise. While Akili did score a meager 13 the first time he took the Wonderlic test, he pulled out a 37 on his second attempt and 27 on his third. Looks like he was at least smart enough to either cheat, guess better or pull his head out of his ass.

The lowest score I could find came from another Bengal draft pick:
In 1997 the Bengals drafted the "dumbest" player in the draft, and that's no joke... Reinard Wilson who was regarded as an exceptional defensive end from Florida State University... scored the lowest of all 300 athletes given the [Wonderlic IQ] test with a score of 4 out of a possible 50 on the Wonderlic IQ test.

The national average is 21.4, and the minimum for Mechanical Engineers, just for comparison's sake, is 30.

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