Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker wants children to earn trophies.
As an undrafted linebacker out of Kent State, James Harrison has had to work for everything on the football field.
It took nothing but hard work for Harrison to solidify his roster spot with the Pittsburgh Steelers and eventually be named a five-time Pro Bowler, 2008 Defensive Player of the Year and two-time Super Bowl champion.
Since the 37-year-old Steelers' star, heading into his 12th NFL season, has had to scratch and claw his way to where he is today, he wants to teach his two young sons that nothing is handed to you in life.
That's precisely why he made them return the participation awards they were given for recently completing former NFL quarterback Charlie Batch's camp. Harrison took to his Instagram account Sunday to explain why.
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
Harrison's social media followers seem to support his thinking and what he's trying to teach his children, as his Instagram post has garnered over 13,200 likes as of Monday afternoon.
Do you agree with Harrison's thinking?
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