Steelers linebacker James Harrison announced on his Instagram Saturday that he is taking away his kids’ participation trophies because he wants them to “earn” their trophies.
Harrison wrote on his Instagram post that, while he is proud of his two songs and will always encourage them, the “2015 Best of the Batch Next Level Athletics Student-Athlete Awards” will be going back.
“I’m sorry I’m not sorry for believing hat 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 you tried your best,” Harrison’s post said.
Using the hashtag #harrisonfamilyvalues, Harrison went on to say that “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.”
According to an article from ESPN, Harrison’s football background might provide some insight as to why he feels this way.
The article stated that Harrison was a Kent State walk-on who went undrafted in 2002, played a season in NFL Europe, and was cut by the Baltimore Ravens before joining the Steelers.
Harrison said that that all drove him to “be better”.