NFLer Harrison returns participation trophies his sons received for 'nothing'
The Associated Press
Published Sunday, August 16, 2015 1:00PM EDT
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison doesn't expect a trophy just for showing up. The same goes for his sons.
The 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year took to Instagram on Saturday to say he was returning two awards his sons received from a local athletics event run by former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch.
Harrison wrote while he's very proud of his two boys "these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy."
The 37-year-old says he doesn't want his sons to feel entitled, adding "cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better."
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