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James Harrison brings back kids' trophies

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James Harrison brings back kids' trophies

Steelers OLB James Harrison is no stranger to awards. He's earned quite a few, including an AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 2008 and five Pro Bowl appearances. But there is one award that Harrison wants nothing to do with, a participation award. 

On Friday, Harrison showed up to his house to discover that his two sons, ages six and eight, had been given participation awards. A very common practice in youth sports, but instead of letting his boys keep their trophies, Harrison saw this as a teachable moment.

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I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies! While I am very proud of...

Posted by James Harrison on Saturday, August 15, 2015

Harrison wants his family to earn everything they are given in life, and as someone who has proven how far hard work can take you, who can blame him? He was a walk-on at Kent State, went undrafted, played a year in NFL Europe, was cut by the Ravens, until he finally landed in Pittsburgh where he created an impressive career. 

Many of the comments his post received were positive and agreed with the linebacker, saying they "Absolutely agree" and that he is a "fine example of what a dad should be".

So let it be known, in the Harrison household, leave your participation awards at the door. 

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How's the knee? Trent Williams looks beyond ready in workout videos

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How's the knee? Trent Williams looks beyond ready in workout videos

Trent Williams went under the knife for his first-ever knee surgery about seven months ago.

Plenty of Redskins fans worried that the Pro Bowl left tackle might not be ready to go when the 2018 season starts.

Worry no more. 

Yes, that is Williams working out with veteran running back Adrian Peterson. And by the looks of it, Williams' knee looks just fine. 

Williams tore his right patella tendon last fall, but continued to play through the pain while the Redskins chances of a playoff bid remained. Once that window got firmly closed after an ugly Thursday night loss in Dallas, Williams contemplated sitting out, but other injuries on the line had already decimated the Redskins. Eventually, Williams shut down his season after a blowout loss in Los Angeles to open December. 

This offseason, Williams got the knee repaired. Washington coach Jay Gruden said repeatedly during the offseason that he expected Williams ready to go for training camp, and the workout videos suggest that to be the case.

This is great news for the Redskins offense, and for new quarterback Alex Smith. Expect Washington to be cautious with Williams, particularly in the early going of training camp in Richmond, but like Trent tweeted, "the walk says it all."

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 31-53

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 31-53

At NBCSportsWashington.com, we projected the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) right after minicamp.

Now we are taking it one step further and ranking the 53 players we think will make the team.

The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2018 Redskins.

No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings between now and the start of training camp. 

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-31>>

Today we’re starting up the list with the players we ranked from 31-53, Here are some of the players in our latest update:

— Seven of the team’s draft picks, including the pick they made last week.     

— All three specialists.

— The team’s leading rusher from 2017.   

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-31>> 

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