LOVE IT! Steelers Player Has Sons Return “Participation Trophies”—Trophies Are For Winners, Not For ‘Showing Up’
Guest Post by Mara Zebest
James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers posted an instagram rant that is resonating with many Americans. He came home a few days ago to discover his two sons won a trophy for “participating”.
Harrison made his sons return the trophies and basically explained to them (and to the world via his instagram) that trophies need to be earned by winning, not for merely showing up. If trophies are to be given out, maybe Harrison deserves the “Father-of-the-Year” trophy for educating his sons on the meaning of a good work ethic.
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
A lot of parents probably agree, although few have taken the journey that the Steelers’ linebacker has taken.
Harrison was a walk-on at Kent State, went undrafted, played a season in NFL Europe and was cut by the Ravens before becoming a member of the Steelers. He went on to win two Super Bowl rings, make five Pro Bowls and was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.
Among the responses to the post:
billdavis6364 AMEN!!!!!! Our society is building a country of enabled children with this kind of crap.
spiritofblue326 This topic has needed more discussion and support. How did we get to this point where children get trophies for participation! It’s equivalent to giving out commissions to sales people for showing up! Amen!
jbin2398 Well done james. There comes a time especially in sports. When u have to loose. It’s a game. An just being a part of the game. Shouldn’t get u a trophy. Good job james!