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Too big for football? Now I've heard it all
August 17, 2012 - Per Peterson
Elijah Earnheart — in case you haven’t heard of him — is a 6-foot-1, 297-pound 12-year-old who can’t play football because Mesquite Pee Wee Football Association President Ronnie Henderson says he’s too big. Henderson has a rulebook to fall back on and save him from taking too much heat, but all that means is that rulebook needs to be tossed. Henderson says the league has to look out for all the kids, many who are 100 pounds or under. That’s a PC thing to say, of course, but there’s no way around it: It’s wrong to deny Earnheart the right to play football at the level he’s supposed to play because of his size. Not only is it wrong, it’s a joke. Wait, jokes are funny. The is a travesty. Wake up, this is football, injuries happen. That’s why they wear pads. The coach of the team said a passage in the rulebook appeared to indicate that kids who weigh more than 135 pounds could play, as long as its on the offensive or defensive line. So put him on the line! Where else would you want this kid, as a slot receiver? Henderson suggested Earnheart play for the middle school team, but the kid apparently felt more comfortable learning the ropes at a lower level. Elijah, if you’re reading this, take Henderson’s advice: To hell with peewees, you’re a beast. You want to play football, go ahead and play it at a higher level. Shoot, see if you can play on the high school team while you’re at it. You might not know all the techniques, but at 297 pounds, trust me, you don’t need to. Good luck.
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