Like any high-level athlete in pursuit of perfection, Michael Pittman Jr. had overprepared for the task at hand.

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In this instance, the undertaking for the Indianapolis Colts wide receiver was not beating an opposing defensive back off the line of scrimmage.

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 It was, rather, delivering an address during a recent meeting of the team’s leadership council.

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“I had this speech all prepared,” Pittman said. “I had rehearsed it. I knew every single word of it ...

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This wasn’t a matter of willingness. It was, instead, something beyond his control.

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The 25-year-old Pittman has stuttered for as long as he can remember.

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Pittman, like many people with a stutter, is unable to control or predict when instances might occur. And this time was no different

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“I just botched it and shortened it up because I was sitting up there, saying ‘Duh, duh, duh,’” Pittman said.

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Pittman made it through the speech. He knew what he wanted to say, but he still doesn’t know whether it was conveyed.

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