- The Washington Times - Monday, August 17, 2015

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison took to Instagram Saturday to give a lesson in #HarrisonFamilyValues, explaining his decision to strip his two sons of participation trophies they received “for nothing.”

The 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year wrote that though he’s proud of his sons for “everything they do,” however, their two “2015 Best of the Batch Next Level Athletics Student-Athlete Awards” are going back.

“I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies!” Mr. Harrison, 37, captioned a photo of the 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,” Mr. Harrison concluded.

When asked while walking off the practice field Sunday whether he’s returned the trophies yet, Mr. Harrison said, “they’ve already gone back,” ESPN reported.



“I appreciate what you’re teaching your sons,” one fan yelled as the player signed autographs.

The response on social media has been widely supportive of Mr. Harrison. His post garnered 12,500 likes by Monday morning.

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