Athletes are not known for their wonderful public speaking abilities. They aren’t unintelligent – most of them, anyway – it’s just that they’ve been taught to think roboticly about things like effort, workrate, and desire, so the inevitable soundbites are cliches focusing on those themes.
Since his return to the Patriots several weeks ago, Branch has been a breath of fresh air – and not just on the field. Gregarious and approachable, Branch has provided quote-thirsty reporters with an oasis where once there was nothing but desert. Unless Randy Moss was preparing one of his unexpected soliloquies, there was little information coming out of the Patriots’ receiving corps.
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