Success in the NFL and other sports consists of four core factors:
The Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test (“Wonderlic”) is a questionnaire known throughout sports as the test that measures intelligence and the cognitive prowess of football players. It was one of the first tools introduced in the sports community and has become a common metric for prospective National Football League (“NFL”) players.
Every year, the Wonderlic draws attention for both high and low score results. Recently, Morris Claiborne’s score was put under the microscope. In year’s past, players such as Hakeem Nicks, Sebastian Janikowski, Vince Young & Jeff George have taken heat for their unimpressive (low) results. Good results get gawked at as well. Those of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Darrell Hackney, Charlie Frye, and Omar Jacobs are discussed frequently in the blogosphere. The big question that GMs, scouts, coaches, players and even fans often ask is, “Does the Wonderlic matter?“.
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Stereotype threat reflects the behavioral effects that result from an individual’s fear that his actions will confirm a negative stereotype of a group to which he belongs.6 Stereotype threat can manifest in anxiety, which can impair performance and trigger a self-fulfilling prophecy. The stress related to his or her group membership causes the individual to underperform, thereby unintentionally corroborating the underlying group stereotype.
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