NFL great, outside linebacker James Harrison, 37, of the Pittsburgh Steelers has had it with the entitlement society and the politically correct notion that society owes you something without you having to work for it.
Harrison, entering his 13th NFL season, a rarity for linebackers in the NFL, has earned a reputation as being one of the toughest and most aggressive defenders in professional football. He issued a scathing letter announcing his disapproval that his two sons received participation trophies “for nothing,” and said that he is returning the trophies to send a message that nothing comes to you in life without hard work and without seeking to achieve excellence.
Harrison posted a picture of the showy “participation trophies,” which looked more like something given out to the MVP, on his Facebook page along with the following message, using the hashtag #harrisonfamilyvalues.”
“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 has definitely shown that he eats his own cooking, having been the epitome of someone who completely outperformed others expectations.
Harrison entered the NFL in 2002 as an undrafted free agent, yet went on to earn his way to five Pro Bowl appearances.
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I remember, even as a kid growing up in the 70’s, receiving my first participation trophy even though our team sucked and I hadn’t done anything to deserve a trophy. I asked myself, “What the heck is this for?”
h/t: Fox Sports