We, as fans, often forget about the intelligence of the average NFL player when they get on the football field, as we only want to them cruising to victory in games. Their intelligence is often underrated, and some of them won college scholarships for their intelligence rather than their athletic skills. A player with a football IQ and a high overall IQ will only bring benefits to the teams they enter in the NFL. In this article, we will be looking at some NFL players with the highest IQ in the league, with betting sites not on GamStop bringing this to you.
Ryan Fitzpatrick – Washington Football Team (Quarterback)
Ryan Fitzpatrick, a veteran in the NFL, went to Harvard University to complete his collegiate career. The Washington Football Team quarterback earned 1580 on the SAT and he scored 48/50 on the mandatory Wonderlic intelligence test that was meant for incoming rookies entering the NFL.
Richard Sherman – Free Agent (Cornerback)
Richard Sherman, who professed himself to be the “best corner in the league”, went to Standford University and earned a 4.2 high school GPA. Aside from playing football, Sherman got his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, and he scored his Master’s Degree in his last year of NCAA eligibility. Sherman founded a charity foundation that helps low-income families purchase school supplies to gain academic success.
Tom Brady – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Quarterback)
Everybody already knows how dangerous Tom Brady is to his opponents when he’s on the field, as he possesses a high football IQ. His intelligence can also be used off the pitch, having graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies. He also scored 33 on the Wonderlic Test before entering the National Football League. Brady is also a known businessman having established the TB12Sports Lifestyle.
Daniel Jones – New York Giants (Quarterback)
Daniel Jones, who is the famous quarterback in the New York Giants team, had already started a career as a college football player at Princeton University before attending Duke University to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. While he was at Duke, he redshirted and played three successful seasons as a quarterback.
John Urschel (Retired)
John Urschel is now a former active NFL player, but he should still be included on this list. Urschel got a Master’s degree in Mathematics from Penn State, and he was noted to have taught many classes while going to Penn State including Analytic Geometry, Calculus, Trigonometry and many more. Aside from that, he is also a professional chess player. He was awarded the William V. Campbell Trophy, an academic version of the Heisman. Urschel only spent three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL before retiring so he could chase his PhD in Mathematics at MIT. He scored 43/50 in the Wonderlic Test for incoming NFL players.
Justin Herbert – Los Angeles Chargers (Quarterback)
Justin Herbert, who is one of the youngest NFL players, made this list as he graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. His intelligence saw him awarded the William V. Campbell Award in 2019 which is only handed to athletes who are performing great in athletics, academics and leadership.