James Harrison Doesn’t Believe In Participation Trophies

08.16.15 4 years ago 22 Comments


Taking a page directly out of the Ricky Bobby book of parenting, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is a firm believer that if you ain’t first, you’re last. Harrison posted on his Instagram account Saturday with a picture of two participation trophies his sons won for, as he put it “nothing.” Harrison added that he will return the trophies until his sons earn “real” ones.

Here’s the full text in Harrison’s post:

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. #harrisonfamilyvalues

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