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  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: World Audience, Inc. (February 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935444891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935444893
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,571,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a fascinating work of remarkable scope and scholarship. Dr. Murray has devised a valid new way to measure and predict greatness in the game of football." 
- Steve Sabol - President of NFL FILMS


"John has done a brilliant job demonstrating the importance of mental toughness and intelligent play in professional football!  This is a masterpiece and I am very excited."
-Doug Blevins, Longtime Kicking Coach for various NFL teams, and NFL Europe Kicking Coordinator for 5 seasons

"Teams that play with collective intelligence consistently win championships.  Dr. John F Murray's book helps us finally understand how and why teams play smarter. Read this book and carve out new space in your life for lasting success!" - Nick Lowery, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs & New York Jets Placekicker (1978-1996)

"Everyone is gifted, but not everyone opens the package. Open this package and you will understand the secret advantage that helped keep me in the NFL for 12 years!"  - Jim "Crash" Jensen, Miami Dolphins All Purpose Player (1981-1992)

"Dr. John F. Murray is trailblazing a new frontier in understanding and appreciating football and helping teams win! This is a must read for coaches, reporters and anyone who loves the sport.   
- Jim Martz, Miami Herald sports writer (1970-1990), Editor of Cane Sport (University of Miami fan magazine), Author of 4 football books

More About the Author

John F Murray (1961-Present) grew up in South Florida, studied psychology at Loyola University New Orleans, and coached tennis on four continents for most of the 1980s. Convinced about the value of the mental game but dismayed by the paucity of resources, he returned to America in 1991 to become a clinical and sports psychologist, earning two masters degrees and a PhD at the University of Florida, completing a sports psychology internship and post-doc, and becoming a rare and truly legitimate sports psychologist and clinical psychologist licensed in Florida. Dr. Murray contributes to media to inspire about the value of psychology in sports, business and life. He has worked to enhance performance with pro athletes and teams in most sports including trips to the Beijing Olympics, Australian Open tennis championships, UFC 100 in Las Vegas, and annual workshops since 2001 before the Wimbledon Championships in London. His clients come from all walks of life and include individuals in high demand situations in sports and business such as CEOs, sales associates, NFL quarterbacks, NHL hockey players, PGA Tour golfers, ATP Tour tennis players, college athletes, and those just seeking help with clinical issues. His first book, "Smart Tennis: How to Play and Win the Mental Game" (Jossey-Bass/John Wiley, 1999) teaches mental skills and is still on shelves worldwide, and his second major book "The Mental Performance Index: Ranking the Best Teams in Super Bowl History" (World Audience, 2011) demonstrates how surprisingly important mental performance and training are to success. Murray's office is in Palm Beach, Florida and his website is at www.johnfmurray.com.

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The insights from the book will help you apply to any sport at any level.
John Mcmanus
Dr. Murray goes in depth on each Super Bowl and you get to read about the game of football as you have never read before.
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I even used many of his principles to influence my book, Building a Champion, available on DanMcCain.com.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard J from Florida on April 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
Like Super Bowls? Which was the best played? Which was the worst? See if you can rank at least the top five best winning teams. In this book, Dr. John F. Murray ranks the best 32 and tells you why. He gives you punchy narratives of all 45 games as well as Dr. John's brief "lessons" after his play by play description of each game. Learn from lessons such as "Out of the muck appears a blue lotus," and "Are you beginning to see a trend here?" This a colorful read replete with sports psychology, scientific analyses and personal history. Throw in Tom Flores' Forward, Leslie Visser's Epilogue, and endorsements by coaches like Don Shula and players like Jim "Crash" Jensen of the Miami Dolphins. Veteran NFL kicking coach Doug Blevins sees this book as "required reading at every level of the game." Pick it up. You won't want to put it down.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JonThe Wyseman on April 16, 2011
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The Super Bowl is THE game of games ... reading this book is a key moment in my Super Bowl experience !
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BADRI NARAYANAN on April 14, 2011
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This is a fantastic book . John literally lays it out there period . I Am a tennis coach/ sports psychology consul in Utah tennis .though this was targeted at NFL it's amazing how much of this can be cross trained for sports men in other fields . Already teaching a few principles to my clients out here . John you are an alchemist rock on !! Badri Narayan is a head pro/ sports psych consul At Utah tennis and advocates John Murray's sports psych programs in his county
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Mcmanus on April 13, 2011
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They say football is a game of inches. Who knew, that Dr. John Murray could take the 6 inches inbetween past Superbowl participants ears, and show us the mental differences between the winners and second place. An awesome book! The insights from the book will help you apply to any sport at any level. Great job and I am wide open downfield for more of your incredible research and anaylisis.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By from_CT on April 11, 2011
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This is an extremely interesting analysis of how the mental side of football (or any sport for that matter) can separate two groups of physically very talented individuals into the victorious and the second-best. Dr. John's book details how to look at this issue and then completes the analysis, explaining the outcomes for all the superbowls and showing a way to rank teams which didn't compete against each in a way that is more interesting than the traditional statistics we've always looked at.
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