NFL Player Took Away His Daughter's Participation Ribbons To Teach Her A Lesson About Winning

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: May 12, 2016 5:05 PM
NFL Player Took Away His Daughter's Participation Ribbons To Teach Her A Lesson About Winning

Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams is waging a one-man battle against the "everyone gets a trophy" mentality. Williams decided to teach his kindergarten-aged daughter a lesson about winning and losing: he gave her teacher back her field day participation ribbon to encourage her earn a ribbon by placing in an event.

According to Williams, she then placed first in the next event.

Williams tweeted a picture of his daughter wearing the ribbons she won throughout the day.

While it may seem harsh to strip a participation ribbon from a young child, the majority of the replies to Williams' tweet were positive.

I think Williams taught his daughter a valuable lesson, even if she is on the younger side. It doesn't do children any good to teach them to expect an award just for showing up--those things should be earned. Not everyone can win all the time. This is a parenting win.