Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Physical Education


201 football players from the North Central Conference schools of Mankato State University, North Dakota State University, Augustana College, and South Dakota State University were asked to complete the Athletic Motivation Inventory in an attempt to determine differences in the drive and aggressiveness of football players by position. The subjects consisted of players involved in the 1985 Spring football practice and who were also on the varsity football team during the 1984 fall season. The subjects were classified by position category as follows: offensive linemen (44), offensive receivers (18), offensive backs (28), defensive linemen (26), defensive linebackers (45), and defensive backs (40). Data were collected using the Athletic Motivation Inventory. Data were analyzed using an ANOVA procedure. The ANOYA procedure revealed that there was no significant difference in the drive or aggressiveness of football players by position. A student's t-test was also performed to compare offensive players to defensive players on the variables under study. The t-test revealed that there was no significant difference at the .05 level in the drive or aggressiveness of offensive players when compared to defensive players. The study of personality traits can provide useful information to a variety of people. Information about the personality traits of athletes could help coaches relate to their athletes more effectively and improve individual and team performance. The information gained via research in this area enables us to construct, test, and modify theories relative to human behavior. Information about their own personalities might result in athletes improving their performances not only in athletic endeavors, but also in their personal and professional lives. Two personality traits that have been associated with the personalities of athletes are aggressiveness and drive.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Football players
Football players -- Attitudes



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University


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