Steelers' James Harrison returns sons' participation trophies, wants awards to be earned

Steelers' James Harrison returns sons' participation trophies, wants awards to be earned

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Steelers' James Harrison returns sons' participation trophies, wants awards to be earned

James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers rejects the notion that every kid should get something just for participating in youth sports.

We know this because Harrison took to Instagram to announce that he is returning the “Best of the Batch” trophies that his 6- and 8-year-old sons received. He said he is proud of his sons, but Harrison’s point is that he wants his sons to earn what they get, not just be given anything.

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:

Steelers linebacker James Harrison takes part in drills. Photo: Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports

Steelers linebacker James Harrison takes part in drills. (Photo: Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports)

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