WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - TIM TEBOW TOOK some severe poundings at Florida and kept coming back for more.
Now we're supposed to believe that a mild Wonderlicking is enough to put his pro football career in jeopardy?
No chance. Scoring a below-average 22 on the 12-minute Wonderlic exam given players at the NFL Scouting Combine won't be what keeps the former Heisman Trophy winner from being drafted high enough to matter as a pro quarterback candidate.
If teams pass on him, it will be because they don't like what they see on the field, not what this SAT-style test demonstrates to be floating around inside Tebow's helmet.
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If this test of a person's basic problem-solving abilities is a valid indicator of who should be running a huddle, the Miami Dolphins should cut Chad Henne immediately rather than continuing to build the offense around him. Coming out of college, Henne produced the same score as Tebow.
Imagine, too, how stone-cold lucky the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings must feel for trusting Brett Favre with their playoff hopes. He's another Wonderlic underachiever, just like Dan Marino and Jim Kelly.
Clearly, No. 1 quarterbacks aren't paid for how they handle a No. 2 pencil.
The larger question is why the league bothers with the Wonderlic. Quarterbacks typically sit down with personnel chiefs and head coaches at the combine for long question-and-answer sessions more specifically suited to football X's and O's.
If that doesn't tell an NFL executive what he needs to know about how a quarterback handles himself under pressure and what kind of leadership intangibles he possesses, then they're giving the Wonderlic test to the wrong people.
Marino won a 1992 game at Seattle by throwing a touchdown pass that, a few minutes later, he didn't even remember throwing. Didn't know where he was, for that matter, as a result of being sandwiched and left woozy by Seahawks tacklers.
If you had given Marino a copy of the Wonderlic test upside-down at that moment, he wouldn't have known the difference. He knew how to win, though.
Tebow does, too, or the debate never would have gotten started about his potential standing as the greatest player in college football history.
Back around the time of the Senior Bowl, where Tebow's stats were nothing special, Cleveland Browns General Manager Tom Heckert Jr. had this pre-Wonderlic assessment.
"Everything besides actually playing the position, he (Tebow) has got it all," Heckert said. "He's everything you want, the greatest kid in the world. People can knock him all they want, but he won a ton of games. And they didn't just run the ball. He threw the ball and threw the ball well.
"It's tough to knock a kid like that, but to say he's going to be a franchise quarterback, that's going to be a big decision for whoever takes him."
Tebow's passing performance at Florida's Pro Day will push that decision a little more in one direction or the other.
As for the Wonderlic, don't sweat it unless you see all those NFL scouts drifting away from the workouts at The Swamp to scour Florida's campus for the president of the chess club.
Men who are made to play football figure this game out without the use of a calculator or thesaurus.
Would you say Tebow was made to play football? True, false or neither of the above?
If it takes more than a millisecond to come up with the correct answer, you're in the wrong argument.