Fitzpatrick reportedly scored a 48 on the Wonderlic test (50 is a perfect score) at the NFL Scouting Combine. The Wonderlic is an intelligence test that measures problem-solving skills and it's issued to all draft prospects at the combine. That was 10 years ago, though. A full decade removed from the feat, the former Harvard quarterback said Thursday that he's tired of hearing about it.
"Yeah, I would say the Wonderlic (question) is probably the one I least like answering," Fitzpatrick told The Dan Le Batard Show.
He's addressed it here. And here. And more times elsewhere than he probably cares to count. But Fitzpatrick's intelligence takes many forms. He's learned to solve a Rubik's Cube, and even lost a Rubik's Cube competition with his 8-year-old son in the preseason. The Sporting News named him one of the 20 smartest athletes in sports.
But the Wonderlic story is the one that seems to follow him most doggedly.
"So, I come out of the test, and I think NFL Network, or somebody, I don't even know if they were around back then. ESPN maybe came up and said 'It's been reported you got a 50.' And it's not like you take the test and they give you your score. I said 'I left one blank, so I definitely didn't get a 50.' So then it was reported I got a 49," Fitzpatrick said. "Again, everybody's trying to paint the picture. The myth was drawn of all the different test scores."
With Fitzpatrick passing on a chance to state clearly his score on Thursday, the myth will live on, no matter how much he dislikes it.