Not everyone gets a trophy in James Harrison‘s house, as the Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker wrote on Instagram on Saturday. Harrison is taking away his kids’ participation trophies because he wants them to “EARN a real trophy.”
The 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year took to Instagram on Saturday to say he was returning two awards his sons James III and Henry received from a local athletics event run by former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch.
James posted on Instagram:
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 wrote while he’s very proud of his two boys — who are both in elementary school — “these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy.”
Imagine that! Here’s a guy that we can respect, right?! First, he wants his kids to EARN something – you know work hard, try your best, experience some failures, and understand that you may have to work even harder to succeed. That’s right! He believes success does not come easy and neither do trophies!
Harrison should know a thing or two about earning success! He was a WALK ON for Kent State and by his senior year he led the Mid-American Conference in sacks and was voted on the first team. Not only that, but after college he was an UNDRAFTED agent signed by Pittsburg in 2002. Most teams felt he was too short (6 foot) or too light to play (240 pounds). But you know what? He never gave up on himself! He played special teams and was cut several times, but that made him work harder. As a linebacker for the Steelers, ‘Silverback’ earned TWO Super Bowl rings (XL and XLIII) and was selected FIVE times to the Pro Bowl. He EARNED it!
Wow! There’s a new concept! Some parents may not agree, but guess what kids appreciate it MORE if they have to earn it! So I say ‘KUDOS’ to Mr. Silverback for teaching your children the principles and values of success and respect, not entitlement! Kids shouldn’t get a trophy for JUST showing up. Success is MORE than just showing up!
Speaking of showing up – Mr. Harrison elected NOT to visit the White House when the Steelers won Super Bowl XLIII. Probably because President Obama, “Mr. Entitlement” himself, hadn’t earned his respect and he was not going to just show up to reward him.
I agree with you Mr. Harrison. People should not be rewarded for just “showing up” whether it’s on a football field or in the White House. #PrinciplesMatter