Report: Tebow posts below average 'Wonderlic' score


South team quarterback Tim Tebow following practice for the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama Wednesday, January 27, 2010.

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Published: Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 11:22 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 11:22 a.m.

Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow impressed the NFL coaches and scouts with his workouts at the NFL Combine two weeks ago. But he apparently didn't fare as well in the cerebral part of the Combine — the notorious Wonderlic intelligence test.

According to NFL sources, Tebow scored slightly below the quarterback average on the test, posting a score of 22. Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford scored a 36 on the test, while Texas quarterback Colt McCoy had a 25.

The 12-minute test measures an individual's learning and problem-solving abilities.

While some NFL coaches and general managers put a great deal of importance on the test, others don't. There seems to be no correlation between the test score and a quarterback's performance in the NFL. NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino, for instance, reportedly scored a 12 on the test. Brett Favre, who is headed to the Hall of Fame, scored the same on the test that Tebow did — a 22. Peyton Manning had a 28. Former UF quarterback Chris Leak, who did not make it in the NFL, scored an eight a few years back.

Among current starting quarterbacks in the NFL, the average score on the Wonderlic was 30.

Based on his academic record at Florida, Tebow is an intelligent guy. He graduated in December with a cumulative grade point average of 3.66 in family recreational services. In 2009, he won the National Football Foundation's academic "Heisman."

As for his potential to become an NFL quarterback, Tebow's throwing motion and release have received most of the scrutiny over the past two months. He will reveal his new, tighter throwing motion at UF's annual Pro Day on Wednesday in The Swamp. The event is open to the public and begins between 10 and 10:30 a.m.

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