JAMES Harrison is a beast on the field as an outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He’s also one hell of a dad and that couldn’t be more clear than when he posted on his Instagram page that he is very proud of his sons but he would be returning their recent trophies for just “participating”.

Here is what he wrote –

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 two 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.

I say kudos to you James Harrison! Thank you for saying what folks have whispered about for years “participation trophies are a joke” what happened to just earning your trophy the old fashion way?

I became a new mom on July 16th and I want my son to know what it feels like to win and to lose.  There is nothing wrong with losing – it makes you stronger.  Why get something for just “showing up”? What does that teach you? We now have a whole generation of people who think simply by walking into the room everyone else should applaud.  That is NOT real life.

Real life is working hard and if you fall down – you learn how to wipe yourself off and get back up and try again.  Just like James Harrison does every Sunday.