The PJ Tatler

Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker to Return Sons' Participation Trophies

It’s only Monday, and we already have our feel-good story of the week.

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison doesn’t expect a trophy just for showing up. The same goes for his sons.

The 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year took to Instagram on Saturday to say he was returning two awards his sons James III and Henry received from a local athletics event run by former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch.

Harrison wrote while he’s very proud of his two boys — who are both in elementary school — “these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy.”

The 37-year-old says he doesn’t want his sons to feel entitled, adding “cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better.”

As I often tried to explain to my daughter when she was a younger athlete and receiving participation trophies, the only thing we used to receive for not winning was motivation.

The first generation of participation-trophy era kids recently became adults and the results have not been pretty. From the Occupy movement to the Social Just Warrior speech and thought police, we are seeing the direct result of entitled brats who think that everything should be free and feelings should never be hurt. If sanity isn’t restored to education soon and another generation or two of these emotional invertebrates are unleashed upon America, we won’t have to worry about the terrorists, the country will simply collapse and drown in a pool of tears.