5 Reasons Shaq and Other Athletes Refer to Themselves in the Third Person

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5 Reasons Shaq and Other Athletes Refer to Themselves in the Third Person
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"Illeism," or the act of referring to oneself in the third person, is an epidemic in the sports world.

Unfortunately for humanity, the cure is still unknown.

But if we're forced to listen to these guys drone on about an embodiment of themselves, we might as well guess why they do it.

Here are five reasons some athletes are allergic to using the word "I."

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