Is Johnny Manziel a Smart Quarterback?

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This past week all of the players heading to the NFL Draft were given the Wonderlic Test. For those of you out there that do not know what the Wonderic Test is, it is a popular group of intelligence test used to evaluate skill of potential personnel and even athletes for learning and problem-solving in a range of occupations.

The test consists of 50 multiple choice questions and has to be completed in 12 minutes. The average score is 20 and that indicates that you have average intelligence.

The one and only Johnny Manziel scored a 32 on his Wonderlic Test. This was very surprising for everyone, due to the fact that everyone thinks that he is a party animal and doesn’t go to class. Well Johnny fooled everyone by taking this test and scoring a 32.

But does this score prove that he can be a good NFL superstar? Probably not.

When these quarterbacks take this test, some of their score are looked at by the 26-27-60 rule to see how successful these quarterbacks will be in the NFL. This is for quarterbacks who score at least a 26 on the Wonderlic Test, start at least 27 games in college, and have at least a pass completion of at least 60 percent.

Scores from the past include: Eli Manning (39), Peyton Manning (28), Russell Wilson (24), Robert Griffin III (24), Aaron Rogers (35), Tom Brady (33), Tony Romo (37), and Ryan Fitzpatrick (48).

The average football player will usually score somewhere around a 20. The highest score has been a perfect score (50), which was done by Pat McInally, who was a punter and wide receiver who came from Harvard. The lowest score was by Morris Claiborne who received a 4 on the test and still became a first-round draft pick in 2012.

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William Clay Ford Sr. passes away at 88

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The owner of the Detroit Lions, William Clay Ford Sr., has passed away at the age of 88.

On Sunday, Ford Motor Co. announced that Ford died of pneumonia at his home. Ford was the last surviving grandson of Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor and has been an owner of the Lions since 1964.

In November of 1963, Ford originally paid $4.5 million for the Detroit Lions franchise. According to Forbes, the Lions are now valued at $900 million. He was publically expected ownership of the team in January of 1964.

The team has won one playoff game (in 1991) and has never been to a Super Bowl in Ford’s 50-year term as the Lions’ owner. Ford was one of the softer owners in the NFL, hardly ever talking to the media. Much of the public speaking about the team had been done by his son, William Clay Ford Jr., in recent years.

The Detroit Lions are one of the few NFL franchises that has made it to the Super Bowl. The Lions have had 14 winning seasons and 10 playoff appearances under Ford’s ownership.

Ford worked for the Ford Motor Co. for 57 years and was named chairman of the company from 1957 until 1989. He was very active in the design decisions of many of Ford Motor’s cars during that duration.

Ford was then named the chairman of the executive committee of Ford in 1978.

The Lion’s vice chairman, William Clay Ford Jr. is probably going to take over the title running of the team. The Lions didn’t want to name him as the owner right away because of how recently the death happened.

All Ford dealerships across the US are going to raise their Ford and American flags to half-staff for the next 30 days.

With this death happening in the Lions organization, this is going to be motivation for the Lions to win a Super Bowl next year.

Walking Away with his Head Held High?

Source: AP

Source: AP

Since 2010, Peyton Manning has been in the NFL spotlight for more than just his astonishing statistics, he has been drilled with questions about the stability of his neck and his future as an NFL quarterback. Little known to most Manning fans, as a child, Peyton was diagnosed with potential problems with his neck curvature; however he was cleared by doctors to continue playing if new problems did not arise. As time went on and Peyton strung together 20 years without missing a game, his neck injury was in the rear view and he was flooring the gas to the first overall pick, multiple MVP awards, and a Superbowl victory.

However, Superman can’t forget kryptonite and Manning can’t forget his delicate neck. Manning was diagnosed with a pinched nerve in 2010 and a herniated disc in 2011, resulting in successive surgeries to fix the problem. The surgery required that the damaged disc from his spinal cord be removed, filled the space with a bone graft, and welded the vertebrae together with a plate and screws. This technique is known as lumbar fusion, and along with its success comes long-term side effects including a decreased range of motion and an increased risk of the degeneration in the levels above and below the fusion. These complications occur in times of increased physical labor and can result in further surgeries. But when does Peyton Manning have increased physical expenditure or for that matter have his whole body collide with a 300 pound lineman?

Fast forward time- past the NFL passing records, past the MVP, past the two playoff games- to Superbowl media day when Peyton Manning is asked the question that every great player is asked, is it time to win the Superbowl and ride off into the sunset? Although Peyton Manning is a man among boys, he still is a man none the less. As each day of practice ended, so did another day of Manning’s health and youth. In a study done reported by Steven Connor, science editor of Independent Magazine, revealed that as animals age, the gene Lin28a is slowly deactivated in the body. In testing done on laboratory mice, an increased production of the gene resulted in superior healing and tissue repair. In Manning’s case, he does not seem ready to leave the game. However, the decision doesn’t lie in his hands, rather his neck and its stability.

After Manning’s crushing defeat against the Seattle Seahawks in Superbowl XVIII, it does not seem likely that Peyton is ready to go silently; but his next season rests on a physical examination in March. According to his contract, Manning is required to pass a physical examination this offseason. If the examination reveals structural damage, he may be forced into early retirement.

As a fan of Peyton Manning and everything that he has done for the NFL and its fans, I hope that his retirement date stays securely in his hands. On the other hand, until that date in March, no one can be sure whether we will be seeing number 18 on the gridiron again.