Steelers’ James Harrison gives back kids’ participation trophies, says they need to earn real ones

Does this look like a man who respects a participation trophy? (AP Photo)

(WTNH)–Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has never felt the need to sugarcoat anything, even if his opinions are controversial. This is a man who once said ‘Nah’ to a visit to the White House.

So when his sons came home with participation trophies from an athletic camp, he once again had this reaction:


Harrison doesn’t believe his kids should get trophies simply for participating, and he said that he would make them give the trophies back until they “EARN a real [one].”

He posted a picture of the trophies and wrote this message on Instagram:

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“I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies! 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. 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…cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better…not cry and whine until somebody gives you something to shut u up and keep you happy.”

What do you think?

Is he right to give back the trophies? Would you do that for your kids?

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