Monday, August 17, 2015

Trophies for Showing Up?

James Harrison does not support participation trophies.
I'll tell you what you can do with your trophies!!

Gotta love this. As a teacher and coach I have seen the results of this "No child left behind" attitude. Everybody should have the opportunity to be a winner. I believe that everyone has it in them to be a winner in something. Finding that something and taking advantage of opportunities, even making your own opportunities at times, is the great challenge of life. Nice to see someone with credibility just saying enough is enough.There is no shame in not coming in first place. It just makes more opportunities for improvement and growth. Making everyone a winner effectively means that no one is a winner.

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

The Steelers veteran 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 or earned 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.

Do you think that Chinese lifters are awarded participation trophies?

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