YES! 2-Time Super Bowl Champ Returns His Son’s “Participation Trophies”

KTLA – James Harrison’s two young sons recently received “participation trophies” for athletics. That didn’t sit well with their father, an NFL linebacker and two-time Super Bowl champion, who expressed his frustration Saturday on social media.

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 28:  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.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
“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,” the 37-year-old member of the Pittsburg Steelers wrote in an Instagram post. “I’m sorry I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned.”

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14 Comments on YES! 2-Time Super Bowl Champ Returns His Son’s “Participation Trophies”

  1. Very smart man and respect him for that. There is a lot of “feel good” awards which make those who are actually trying to achieve in life be lowered down to the ones who barely make the grade.

  2. What a good father. There are so many kids that need that guidance. They crave it even if they don’t understand why or what it is.

    A majority of essays I read about 10 years ago expressed that desire so vividly I was close to tears many times. Their question was to write about what they would do if they had a day to spend with their hero.

    Over and over they wrote about someone they would spend the day shopping, eating dinner and just talking to. This was a cry for help. They just wanted love. Attention. A sense of belonging and being wanted. Almost to a tee, they were describing a father.

  3. Charles Francis Adams, the 19th century political figure and diplomat, kept a diary. One day he entered: “Went fishing with my son today–a day wasted.” His son, Brook Adams, also kept a diary, which is still in existence. On that same day, Brook Adams made this entry: “Went fishing with my father–the most wonderful day of my life!” The father thought he was wasting his time while fishing with his son, but his son saw it as an investment of time. The only way to tell the difference between wasting and investing is to know one’s ultimate purpose in life and to judge accordingly.

  4. How on earth did this guy slip out of the net?
    Good for you, James Harrison. I hope your boys grow up to be the men you’re hoping they will.

  5. Having a caring father like Harrison in their lives will greatly increase the boys’ odds of success in the future. Unfortunately, most black kids do not have that advantage and end up in trouble or worse.

  6. Well, I deserved MY Nobel, cuz I’ve given the world, if not the entire Universe, peace in our time …

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