The Player Charcter Inventory

Welcome to the PCI!


This assessment tool was designed to provide insight into who you are as an athlete. The questions address a wide range of characteristics and situations. Please be as honest as possible because your answers will allow teams to get a full picture of the attributes that are important to you. With this information, teams can place you in the best situation possible — one in which you are most likely to succeed.


Thank you in advance for answering the questions!


We would first like to know a bit about your leadership style. For these questions, please read each statement and determine how much you disagree or agree with each one.


1.     I communicate a clear vision of the future to my teammates.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree
2.     I communicate a positive vision of the future to my teammates.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


3.     I treat my teammates as individuals.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


4.     I support my teammates’ development.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


5.     I encourage my teammates’ development.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


6.     I recognize my teammates’ accomplishments.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


7.     I actively foster trust among my teammates.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


8.     I actively foster cooperation among my teammates.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


9.     I involve my teammates in important decisions.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


10.  I encourage my teammates to think about problems in new ways.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


11.  I encourage my teammates to question assumptions.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


12.  I clearly express my values to my teammates.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


13.  I practice what I preach.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


14.  I inspire teammates by being highly competent.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


15.  I instill pride in my teammates.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


16.  I instill respect in my teammates.
SStrongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


Next, we’d like to know a little bit about how you typically communicate with others. Again, please tell us how much you disagree or agree with each statement.
1.     I like to provoke others by making bold statements.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


2.     I am able to address a large group of people very calmly.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


3.     The comments of others have a noticeable effect on me.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


4.     I sometimes conceal information to make myself look better.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


5.     I tell people the whole story, even when this is probably not good for me.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


6.     I often determine the direction of a conversation.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


7.     I communicate with others in a distant manner.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


8.     I come across as somewhat stiff when dealing with people.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


9.     I think carefully before I say something.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


10.  The statements I make are not always well thought out.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


11.  I tend to snap at people when I get annoyed.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


12.  Even when I’m angry, I won’t take it out on someone else.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


13.  I am not very likely to tell someone what to do.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


14.  I sometimes insist that others do what I say.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


15.  I can listen well.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


16.  I treat people with a lot of respect.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


17.  I show a lot of understanding for other people’s problems.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


For the next three sets of questions, please think about your general approach to life. For each one, mark how much you disagree or agree.


1.     I believe in my ability to achieve my goals.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree

2.     I am able to regulate my focus when performing tasks.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


3.     I am able to use my emotions to perform the way I want to.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


4.     I strive for continued success.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


5.     I effectively execute my knowledge of what is required to achieve my goals.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


6.     I consistently overcome adversity.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


7.     I am able to execute appropriate skills or knowledge when challenged.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


8.     I can find a positive in most situations.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


Again, please mark the extent to which you disagree or agree.


1.     I accomplish my work on time.   
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


2.     I do things according to a plan.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


3.     I am careful to avoid making mistakes.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


4.     I keep my checkbook balanced.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


5.     I like to plan ahead.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


6.     I return borrowed items.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


7.     I often forget to put things back in their proper place.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


8.     I neglect my duties.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


9.     I take tasks too lightly.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


10.  I leave my work undone.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


11.  I do not plan ahead.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


12.  I put off unpleasant tasks.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


13.  I am often late to work.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


Please mark how much you disagree or agree.
1.     I often set a goal, but later choose to pursue a different one
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


2.     New ideas and new projects sometimes distract me from previous ones.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


3.     I become interested in new pursuits every few months.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


4.     My interests change from year to year.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


5.     I have been obsessed with a certain idea or project for a short time but later lost interest.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


6.     I have difficulty maintaining my focus on projects that take more than a few months to complete.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


7.     I have achieved a goal that took years of work.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


8.     I have overcome setbacks to conquer an important challenge.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


9.     I finish whatever I begin. Setbacks don’t discourage me.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


10.  I am a hard worker.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


11.  I am diligent.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


Last set about your general approach to life. Please indicate the extent to which you disagree or agree with each statement.


1.     People have a certain amount of intelligence, and they can’t really do much to change it.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


2.     People’s intelligence is something about them that they can’t change very much.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


3.     No matter who they are, people can significantly change their intelligence level.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


4.     To be honest, people can’t really change how intelligent they are.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


5.     People can always substantially change how intelligent they are.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


6.     People can learn new things, but they can’t really change their basic intelligence.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


7.     No matter how much intelligence people have, they can always change it quite a bit.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


8.     People can change their basic intelligence level considerably.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree

9.     People have a certain amount of talent, and they can’t really do much to change it.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


10.  People’s talent in one area is something about them that they can’t change very much.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


11.  No matter who they are, people can significantly change their level of talent.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


12.  To be honest, people can’t really change how much talent they have.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


13.  People can always substantially change how much talent they have.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


14.  People can learn new things, but they can’t really change their basic level of talent.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


15.  No matter how much talent people have, they can always change it quite a bit.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


16.  People can change their basic level of talent considerably.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


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Thank you for all of that information about yourself.


Now we would like to switch gears a bit and ask you some questions that are more specific to football and the role that it plays in your life.


This first set of questions has to do with your identity as an athlete. Please mark the extent to which you disagree or agree with each statement.


1.     I consider myself an athlete.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


2.     I have many goals related to sport.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree

3.     Most of my friends are athletes.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


4.     Sport is the most important part of my life.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


5.     I spend more time thinking about sport than anything else.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


6.     I need to participate in sport to feel good about myself.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


7.     Other people see me mainly as an athlete.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


8.     I feel bad about myself when I do poorly in sport.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


9.     Sport is the only thing in my life.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


10.  I would be very depressed if I were injured and could not compete in sport.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


These next questions ask more specifically about football and your approach to the game. As before, please mark how much you disagree or agree with each statement.


1.     Football allows me to live a variety of experiences.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


2.     The new things that I discover with football allow me to appreciate it even more.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


3.     Football allows me to live memorable experiences.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


4.     Football reflects the qualities I like about myself.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


5.     Football is in harmony with the other activities in my life.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


6.     For me, football is a passion that I still manage to control.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


7.     I am completely taken with football.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


8.     I cannot live without football.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


9.     The urge is so strong, I can’t help myself from playing football.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


10.  I have difficulty imagining my life without football.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


11.  I am emotionally dependent on football.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


12.  I have a tough time controlling my need to play football.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


13.  I have almost an obsessive feeling for football.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


14.  My mood depends on me being able to play football.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


Finally, please tell us about your general behavior in the context of a team. Please indicate how much you disagree or agree with each statement.
1.     I enjoy being part of the social activities of my team.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


2.     I miss the members of my team when the season ends.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


3.     Some of my best friends are on my team.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


4.     I enjoy other parties rather than team parties.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


5.     My team is one of the most important social groups to which I belong.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


6.     I would rather go out on my own than get together with my team.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


7.     I take equal responsibility as my teammates for any team loss or poor performance.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


8.     My aspirations for team performance align with those of my teammates.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


9.     I like to spend time with my teammates in the offseason.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


10.  I stick together with my teammates outside of practice and games.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


11.  I communicate freely with teammates about all of our responsibilities during practice.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


12.  I communicate freely with teammates about all of our responsibilities during games.
Strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Strongly Agree


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Thank you very much for your participation. Our hope is that by completing the PCI, your future NFL team will be able to place you in the best position possible to succeed.

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