Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison Takes Away his Kids’ Participation Awards

Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison Takes Away his Kids' Participation Awards
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Football fans know the name James Harrison, and unless you’re a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, you dreaded the thought that your team had to take the field against the monstrous outside linebacker.

Harrison won two Super Bowl’s with the Steelers, and before that was a walk-on for his college team, Kent State.

The man knows a thing or two about perseverance and sacrifice in order to accomplish the ultimate goal.

No handouts here!

When Harrison came home to find that his children received awards for merely participating, he wasn’t amused.

In fact, he was very upset.

From ESPN:

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.”

Explaining his position, Harrison said he’s proud of his two sons and will always encourage them. But the “2015 Best of the Batch Next Level Athletics Student-Athlete Awards” are going back.

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This is the progressive fantasy. Everyone gets an award, nobody is declared a loser.

There’s a problem with that, though. It’s not reality.

Out in the real world, people lose every single day in business, or this, that, and the other thing, and nobody is there to coddle them with a pat on the back saying ‘good job.’

All participation trophies do for children is weaken their abilities to be fully functioning adults when they turn 18 and their parents cut the cord.

Unfortunately, with our current welfare state, America has become a nation of hangers-on; a nation that is dependent on others to get the job done.

Good for James Harrison for taking a stand, and setting a strong example for his kids.

Just for fun: Harrison twice elected not to attend the White House after the Super Bowl victories – once when W. was in charge, and once when the Golfer was Head of State.

I hate the Steelers with a passion (and Super Bowl XLIII is the main reason) but come on, the dude is a beast…

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 28:  James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers lines up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at Heinz Field on September 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 28: James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers lines up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at Heinz Field on September 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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