Steelers LB Rejects Sons’ “Participation Trophies”

James Harrison
August16/ 2015

This story will delight “traditionalists” of the “like me” ilk.   It is a brief hitch in our societal hand basket’s descent to hell.   It is doubtful that James Harrison’s singular act will forestall our eventual fate however.

I wonder if ESPN’s CEO of Political Correctness – John Skipper (UNC’75) will refuse to air games in which Harrison appears from now on.

Who initiated this asinine concept?  I bet they owned a trophy business.   I also bet I disagree with them on a lot of other ideas too.

Actually I DO support the concept that “everyone gets in the game” at the younger levels of competition.

HEY Kennel and Albert !!!  What do you guys think about “participation trophies”?


James Harrison returns trophies, says his sons didn’t earn them

By Jesse Reed

Participation Trophies…. James Harrison had to earn everything he achieved as an NFL linebacker, and he wasn’t keen on his sons receiving participation trophies, so he sent them back.

Harrison posted a picture on Facebook of the two trophies his sons brought home with a scathing caption underneath.

Here is the message Harrison included:

“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 to 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 entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2002 and ended up getting cut more than once before finally bursting onto the scene as a playmaker for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2007. That was the first year he earned a permanent starting role, and as we know, he made the most of his opportunity.

He has since made it to five Pro Bowls and was named to the NFL’s First-Team All-Pro squad two times, logging 67.5 sacks along the way after tallying just four during his first five years in the league.

Therefore it isn’t surprising that Harrison isn’t happy about his sons bringing home trophies that weren’t won with standout play. He and many others believe that young athletes need to learn the value of earning everything they get, rather than being patted on the back for just showing up.


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4 years ago

The parents that add up their kids participation trophy’s are usually the ones that, without fail, will send everyone on a distribution list a 6 page Christmas letter with the intent of advising you that their kids are FAARR better than your kids. And in the event, however unlikely, you think your kids are pretty neat too they’ll also hint that their 10 year old brat will likely be entering Harvard next year or just after they finish “participating” in a Mt. Everest expedition for high achievers 12 and under. Or something like that.

4 years ago

The next thing you know someone will be forcing their child to go outside and play. Oh, the humanity.

4 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Recess also kept most teachers from picking up a meat cleaver and running amock through the schoolyard.

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