Herschel Walker’s mom once told Lewis Grizzard that she was not keen on her son playing football for fear of injury — to other players.
That’s not a concern for a Texas mother, who insists her nearly 300-pound son should be able to play peewee football against kids one-third his size.
According to the Associated Press, Mesquite Pee Wee Football Association President Ronnie Henderson said 12-year-old Elijah Earnheart is not eligible because at 6-foot-1 and 297 pounds, he 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.”
“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.
Cindy Earnhart told local TV station KTBC that she’s not about to give up.
“This is what he wants to do and I’m going to make it happen,” she said.