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The Mental Performance Index: Ranking the Best Teams in Super Bowl History Paperback – February 24, 2011

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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
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: World Audience, Inc. (February 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935444891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935444893
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,839,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Dear Doc Murray

Excellent Book, Excellent insight into the heart of the game.

But the mental game is the key to all sports (and more), not just football. I know football is your passion but your beginings are in tennis. Is there going to be an MPI for tennis, or for that matter, basketball, golf or baseball?

After watching a March Madness full of upsets, one has to wonder how many of those upsets were physical ability/preparedness driven and how many were mental ability/preparedness driven!

I want the forward of the next one to be written by Noah! A Gator hoopster from the tennis world! He can do the basketball and tennis editions!

Choking and mentally induced underperformance has been around forever. I'm sure neolithic tribes went hungry when their star spear thrower missed the big one. It's been talked about since the stone age, but now it's quantified and documented!

Great Job Doc
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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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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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Just got done with the book and I finished it much quicker then I expected. Once I started reading I was hooked. I couldnt put the book down, I wish it wouldnt have ended. 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. I would suggest this book to any football fan out there, especially if your team ever played in any of the Super Bowls before!
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