12-year-old Elijah Earnheart Not Eligible To Play Peewee Football Because He’s Too Big
Cindy Earnheart is furious because Mesquite Pee Wee Football Association President Ronnie Henderson said her son, 12-year-old Elijah Earnheart, is not eligible to play peewee football because his is 6-foot-1 and 297 pounds. That’s right, a 12-year-old boy is 6-foot-1 and weighs 297 pounds, which exceeds the league’s weight limit for seventh-graders — by more than 160 pounds.
Cindy Earnheart, the boy’s mother, was furious.
“They would not even let him weigh in on the scales like every single boy out there,” she said. “He might be the size of a grown man but he’s 12 years old and he has feelings, too.”
She said her son was a victim of discrimination (sizeism?).
“No one is telling boys who are too thin or too small that they can’t play football,” she said. “Why tell my kid he’s too big?
“Isn’t bigger better in football? Football is a contact sport. If you don’t want your son tackled, get him off the field.”
Henderson defended his decision.
“We’ve got little boys that play against him that are 85, 95 and 100 pounds,” Henderson said. “We have to look out for all the kids, not just him.”
Elijah could play for his middle school team, but since he hasn’t played much football he was hoping to gain experience against the little guys.
Ms. Earnheart might as well just let her son play for his middle school, or put him on a high school football team if that’s legally possible.