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What Does Fitzpatrick's Wonderlic Mean?

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick sports the scruffy beard of an outdoorsman, the size and strength of some running backs and the intelligence quotient of your average nuclear physicist.

Fitzpatrick, a Harvard graduate who majored in economics, enters Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins with impressive totals in a variety of NFL statistical categories. He is one reason the Bills, a perennial disaster, are 4-2 this season.

Yet the result for which he is best known is the 48 he scored on the Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test shortly before he was drafted in 2005. That number puts him in closer intellectual company with Stephen Hawking than some of his teammates —and probably his coaches. Research indicates that it...

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