Clipped From The Daily Capital News
Book on mind responsi for Garrett success in SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP)--Mike Garrett, the spunky Kansas City running back, will take a secret weapon into Sunday's American Football League championship game against the Oakland Raiders--psy- ehocybernetics. Garrett bumped into psychocybernetics in a Los Angeles bookstore, digested the study of the mind made by Dr. Maxwell Maltz Â»nd found in it the weapons to combat the deep depression that threatened his career. "I had five separate injuries last season." Garrett explained, "and as each injury occurred I became more and more depressed. I thought for the first time in my career that my body was injury prone and I seriously thought fibout retirement. "Then I began to think about psycho- cybernetics. Tire name intrigued me because psycho means mind snd cybernetics is the language of computers. I had read the book before this season but I v.-asn't ready to believe in it." "It's like something your parents say to you that you recall years later. You have to be ready for it: want to believe in it and have been through tough limes to really appreciate what he's saying. In the state of despair, you can grasp it. "So I actually practiced what he said--that the mind is simply a computer and you can make it do what you want it to. And that control of your mind will give you control of your body. "After a while you train your mind like a computer--put the kit-as in. digest it and the body acts accordingly." Garrett started doing that following the 1968 season in which the injuries cut his rushing yardage almost in half from 1.087 yards the year before. A severed left arm muscle, torn rib cartilage, pulled left hamstring, twisted ankle and broken bone in his right hand left him with 564 yards rushing. "At the beginning of this season T thought they didn't want to give me another chance." said Garrett. "1 went through a period where no one believed in me, no one helped me, people were making snide remarks about my not being as good as 1 used to be. "I was very depressed. But 1 kept thinking about what I had read and I kept saying, "1 can do it. I can do it," and if you work at it, you find it does come true. I kept going like a line drive hitter who keeps making out but feels that eventually the hits will start dropping in." They did, and Garrett went on to lead the league in combined rushing and receiving with 732 yards on the ground and 432 through the air for a total of 1,16-1, despite being used sparingly over the first part of the season. "Game after game T kepi improving." Garrett pointed out. "I feel now if I had a chance to run more cadier I would have had 1,000 yards rushing. But that's not important. The next two games are 'the AFL championship and the Super Bowl). "And I think I'm going to hit my peak. I'm in the perfect state--physically and mentally. I'm healthy as a bull physically and mentally I feel I'm .just as good I\K anybody in this game. "I'm ready."