FOX19 - First, let me preface my remarks by saying there are very few things I would EVER praise a Pittsburgh Steeler for. However, this is an exception.
Steeler James Harrison, who was a Bengal for a brief time, came home to find a couple of trophies his sons 'earned' for sports participation. He snapped a photo of the hardware, then took to Instagram with this:
"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"
Now we can all argue the value of giving out participation awards to young athletes: It motivates them to be in sports, it makes them feel good about their participation, etc.
But James Harrison has a point: How do you know if you're any good if you get an award for just being part of the game? And how do kids handle losing in life if they've always been told they're winners?