Brady knows the only way he can beat Fitzpatrick with a sharpened No. 2 pencil would be to stab him in the neck with it.
"I'm not getting into a math contest, thank God," Brady said.
The Sporting News ranked Fitzpatrick fifth on its list of the smartest athletes in sports. He was the highest from football. The list appears in the issue dated Sept. 27 and hits newsstands this week.
Fitzpatrick has a Harvard economics degree. He scored a 1580 on his SAT. At the NFL scouting combine, he took the Wonderlic intelligence test in a record nine minutes and scored a 48 out of a possible 50 points.
"I don't have much of a chance, believe me," Brady said of a brainpower competition with Fitzpatrick. "I passed Michigan on a general studies degree, so ... You know; he's one of those Harvard kids. We've had a few of those around here, but I wouldn't compete with that."
The quarterback Fitzpatrick replaced, Trent Edwards, is a Stanford grad. Fitzpatrick, who was at Harvard when the Patriots won their three Super Bowls, will be playing at New England for the first time in his six NFL seasons.
The Bills will have the smartest center-quarterback exchange in the NFL. Bills center Geoff Hangartner reportedly scored a 47 on his Wonderlic exam, believed to be the highest ever by an offensive lineman at the combine.