Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was rated No. 5 on Sporting News' list of the top 20 smartest athletes. This counted both pro and college athletes, although the list includes 17 professionals. The Sporting News cited Fitzpatrick for scoring 1580 on the SAT. Fitzpatrick graduated from Harvard University with a degree in economics. He reportedly scored 48 out of 50 on his Wunderlich test, given to football players entering the NFL Draft. That's extremely rare.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was asked Wednesday about facing a tough "Wunderlich matchup" in this week's game against the Bills. Brady said: "I don't have much of a chance there. I passed Michigan on a general-studies degree. ... "We're not getting into a math contest (on Sunday), thank God."
The Sporting News' issue is dated Sept. 27. It appears they took athletic achievement into some sort of account, since it's likely there's some Harvard, Yale or Stanford rower or fencer with pretty awesome academic credentials. Here's the top six: 1. Craig Breslow, RP, Oakland A's. 2. Myron Rolle, S, Tennessee Titans. 3. Ross Ohlendorf, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates. 4. George Parros, F, Anaheim Ducks. 5. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Buffalo Bills. 6. Matt Birk, C, Baltimore Ravens.
Breslow has a 2.93 earned-run average, had a 3.5 GPA in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University, a 1420 SAT score and was accepted into NYU's medical school.