MESQUITE — A 12-year-old considered too big for football will get a chance to shine on a national stage.
The Mesquite Pee Wee Football Association barred Elijah Earnheart from playing, because at 297 pounds, he exceeds the 135-pound limit for seventh graders. The organization says its concern is safety for smaller players.
But Elijah's mother, Cindy Earnheart, says the league singled out her son, and didn't even let him weigh in like other players. She pledges that Elijah will play one day.
"Football is a contact sport," she said. "I feel if you don't want your son tackled, get off the field. I'm not telling anyone their kid is too thin or too short to play football... You're telling my kid he is too tall and too big."
Elijah's story made national headlines. Comedian Steve Harvey has invited the 12-year-old to be a guest on his talk show next month.
Next week, Elijah gets to practice with the defensive line of the San Diego Chargers.