Participation Trophies?

James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on December 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Steelers' James Harrison returns his kids "participation trophies"

“I’m sorry I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best.”

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison after his six and eight year old sons had brought home participation trophies. Harrison wrote on Instagram: “I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies!” He returned the trophies and explained: “While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy.”

Harrison was signed by the Steelers at the outset of his career as an undrafted rookie, got cut multiple times and considered quitting and becoming a truck driver like his dad, until he finally caught on in the NFL. (Harrison was a college walk-on who went undrafted in the NFL and was signed and released several times before finally making it with the Steelers. He went on to become the league’s defensive player of the year in 2008 and is a five-time Pro Bowl selection.) James Harrison has earned two Super Bowl rings during his 12-year NFL career. (


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