Pittsburgh Steelers’ James Harrison Gives Back Sons’ Participation Trophies

Photo credit: Morgue file

Photo credit: Morgue file

Pittsburgh Steelers’ star James Harrison may be a tough linebacker in the NFL, but he is also a fierce parent at home.

Harrison took on Instagram this weekend to reveal that he had taken back the trophies his two young sons received for just participating in sports.

“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 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.”

Harrison used the hashtag #harrisonfamilyvalues following this caption.

And while some commenters agreed with his strategy, others were not happy with his decision.

“You’re their dad and it’s your decision, but I couldn’t disagree more,” one commenter wrote.

Robyn Silverman, a child development specialist, said, “For some children participation is a struggle, so getting a participation trophy is important. For other children, they simply need to learn sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.”

An online survey taken by “Good Morning America” viewers found that 70 percent of survey takers believe participation trophies are not a good idea for kids, while just 30 percent believe they are a good idea.

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