James Harrison takes away sons' participation trophies

theGRIO REPORT - Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison took to social media to let everyone know he took his sons' participation trophies because they didn't "earn" them.

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison took his sons’ participation trophies away because they didn’t “earn” them.

The NFL player explained on both Facebook and Instagram that he did not feel his 6- and 8-year-old sons deserved the “Best of the Batch” trophies for simply “trying their best…cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better.”

Harrison did say he would return the participation trophies when “they EARN a real trophy.”


Whether he intended to or not, the 37-year-old has stirred up a parenting conversation that has just about everyone talking. While some disagreed with the way Harrison handled the situation, there were many who praised the way he approached it.

“Thank you! Thank you for wanting to raise your boys with values instead of entitlement. I applaud you!” Danielle Cessario wrote on Harrison’s Facebook photo of the trophies.

Grio fam, let us know if you agree with Harrison in the comments below.