Football Players Are Dumb?

Yeah, I played some football when I was a kid and really enjoyed it — linebacker, mostly. As I tell my kids, I loved gliding over the bodies, moving down the line and BAM!!! — hitting the runner emerging out of the line. Or, careening into the tight end on a slant: BAM!!! FUMBLE!!!

Anyways, I’ve never been much of a football fan — it’s way more fun to play than watch. I also remember people saying that football players are dumb, but that was never my experience. One of my teammates went on to West Point: There’s a nurse practitioner, a surgeon, one was an officer in the Marine Corps, another the head of the psychiatry department at a major university and one actually became a Postmaster!!! Yeah, that’s right… a Postmaster!

Well, here’s a video demonstrating that football players have a lot more going on upstairs than most people think. If I could find more examples of this sort of post-game coverage, I might be enticed to watch a little pro football.


  1. Wesley Fox said:

    That was awesome Bo. Where did you find that clip? Kudos.

    October 21, 2008
  2. Bo said:

    It was sent to me by a budding philosopher… I thought it was perfect.

    October 23, 2008
  3. Depends on the position. Pro Football is the only sport that requires an IQ test (the Wonderlic). Offensive Tackles, Centers, Quarterbacks (in some offenses), and Linebackers (in some defenses) actually require a higher than average intelligence. OTs are actually quite smarter than the average Joe or Jane.

    Now, you can be a complete moron and play Defensive Tackle. Other positions that don’t require much intelligence are anything on the Defensive Line, Wide Receivers, and Running Backs.

    There’s a reason why guys with weak arms like Joe Montana have 4 SB rings. He was able to adjust his offense on the fly, no matter how bad things got, and that was hell on opposing defenses. He kept his offense on the field and wore them out.

    March 28, 2009
  4. pietyhill said:

    Hi ZS:

    Man, it’s good to see your name… how have you been? I fell off the edge of the earth again…

    I agree, life certainly appears absurd, but I think there’s more to it than meets the eye. I’m a grandfather now.


    March 29, 2009

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