Coach Says Boy is Too Big for Pee Wee Football

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DALLAS —  A Texas mom is upset after her 12-year-old son was told he’s too big to play Pee Wee football. Elijah Earnheart weighs 297 pounds and is almost six feet tall.

The local Pee Wee Association says he is twice the size that the association rules allow for kids in his grade.

“Well, he came to our weigh-in. And when he did, everybody pointed him out in the line,” said Ronnie Henderson Pres., Mesquite Pee Wee Football Assoc. “I went over to the head coach and said, you know, “Coach, is this boy in the seventh grade or the sixth grade?” He said, “Seventh.” I said, “Well, he can’t play this year. You know that he’s over our weight limit.” He said, “No. I didn’t think that.” And I said, “Yes. He can’t play.” And I said, “There’s no need of letting a boy go through the weigh-in.” I did that. I called upon myself to do that, and the mother and the son said that I did them wrong. I hurt their feelings. And I went and apologized to the kid for doing that. I didn’t want to do anything to hurt anybody’s feelings.”

There are reports that Earnheart has been asked to appear on the Steve Harvey talk show in September. He also has been invited to practice with the San Diego Chargers this week.

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