The little girl tried her best, but she failed to win the “Field Day” event at her school. Even so, she was handed a “participation ribbon” and sent on her way. The little girl then took the ribbon to show her father.
Perplexed, the dad took the participation ribbon from his daughter and returned it to the teacher who handed it out.
The father in this story is actually Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams.
CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 3: DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers gets wrapped up by Jordan Poyer #33 of the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
The NFL veteran, who worked tirelessly to earn his place as a longterm starter in the league, is apparently not a fan of the idea of “participation” awards.
But the real story is what happened after he took away the ribbon.
Williams said his daughter went back and “got 1st place” in the next event.
He then proudly pinned the first-place ribbon — and two third-place ribbons — on her shirt.
She’s a winner, now.
I took her Field Day participation ribbon & gave it back to her teacher...then in the next event she got 1st place pic.twitter.com/SUusZsjjYW— DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB)May 12, 2016