Ryan Fitzpatrick and the 25 Smartest Players in NFL History

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Ryan Fitzpatrick and the 25 Smartest Players in NFL History
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Ryan Fitzpatrick was known as "That Harvard Quarterback" until about two months ago when he started collecting touchdown passes in bunches.

Since taking over as the starter for the Buffalo Bills in Week 3, three of his last seven games have included touchdown-throwing hat tricks.

That got us thinking about other brainiac football players in NFL history, so we put together a list of the top 25.

But first we had to clarify the word "smartest." Peyton Manning, Ray Lewis, Charles Woodson and a host of others are often praised for their "football IQ." That's not what were talking about.

This list features players (no matter how great or how mediocre) who have tremendous off-the-field aptitude.

Book smarts are part of it, but not everything, as you'll see in this players-only list.

A brilliant artist or author counts just as much as a player who had a perfect score on the Wonderlic test.

Enjoy this list, which will be included on the final exam.

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