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DeAngelo Williams returns daughter’s participation ribbon (pic)

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DeAngelo Williams became the second NFL player in the past year to document how he returned a participation award given to one of his children to teach a lesson.

The Pittsburgh Steelers running back took to Twitter on Wednesday to show how his young daughter rose to the challenge and earned several ribbons after he took away one she received simply for participating in what appears to be her school’s Track & Field Day.

With his strong stance against the notion of a participation ribbon, Williams joins his Steelers teammate, James Harrison, who infamously made his sons give pack their participation trophies last year in what he viewed as a valuable teaching moment.

A photo posted by James Harrison (@jhharrison92) on

Harrison wrote:

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.

It’s hardly surprising that individuals who plays sports for a living — where a rabid sense of competitiveness and a “win at all costs” mentality may be the only thing standing between earning a paycheck and being out of a job — would look down their noses at receiving an award or medal or trophy or some other kind of acknowledgement simply for showing up.

While the matter of whether or not children should receive awards for participation certainly is up for debate, it’s evident which side of the argument Harrison — and now Williams — stand.

[H/T For the Win]