Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 1/9/14
Derrick Brooks accomplished a lot as a NFL Linebacker with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Before that, he was quite the acclaimed college football player with the Florida State Seminoles. As a broadcaster though, I am anything but impressed. Whenever I hear that stupid “adversity” cliche perpetrated by coaches and athletes, my eyes roll. If you see my eye roll from that…good, you should see that I am disgusted. Get better at talking! Journalists and media people say the “adversity” crap all the time too. To them I say: get good at your job! Derrick Brooks isn’t the only person to do this, it’s just in this specific instance, he’s the most egregious. Watch about half-way into this video, Derrick Brooks previewing the BCS National Title game, as Derrick Brooks says the word adversity four times in a 15-20 second span. Making fun of the shopworn adversity cliche is not anything new, and it’s not just a problem with Derrick Brooks. This past season, sketch comics Key and Peele did a send-up of the adversity bit with a fictional NBA player who is made up to look (whether intentionally or unintentionally) like Deron Williams. I would have posted the vid for that immediately after I saw it, but Comedy Central still hasn’t out it online yet. The alma mater of Derrick Brooks overcame adversity came back from trailing in a football game, to win the title Monday night. Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. He’s also an analyst for multiple news talk radio stations across the country; with regular weekly segments discussing:  Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Bears and Bulls on NBC and Fox Sports Radio. President Barack Obama follows him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) The post VIDEO: Buccaneers legend Derrick Brooks takes “adversity” cliche to new low appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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